The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Watertown Daily Times (Watertown, NY), Aug, 16, 1889

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A Schooner Sank.

The three masted schooner A. Vickery, with 21,000 bushels of corn for cargo bound for Prescott from Chicago struck a shoal near the Rock Island lighthouse near Fishers Landing last night.

The schooner left Chicago August 5 and arrived at Clayton last night. Here she took on a pilot to take her through the river. Henry Webber Jr. of Clayton was the pilot employed. The vessel struck the shoal at 10:15 PM. And filled with water and sank quickly. The crew escaped in the small boats, and remained at the light house all night coming to Clayton this morning. The boat was owned by J. T. Vickery of Chicago and valued at $12,000. The grain was consigned to A. Wisner of Prescott. John Massey was the Captain and L. Massey was the Mate. There were four other sailors.

At two o'clock this morning the vessel drifted away from the schoal and sank in deep water, just showing her spars. The vessel was partly insured, the grain entirely so. Captain Massey has abandoned her, leaving the insurance companies to decide as to weather they will raise her or not.

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Richard Palmer
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Watertown Daily Times (Watertown, NY), Aug, 16, 1889