The George F. Williams reportedly sank on April 21, 1915. Very little information could be uncovered about the causality and sinking event. The ship was reported as abandoned and was towed 400 feet offshore and sank (Kohl 2001:286). The ship was owned by the Hayward and Avery Transit Company from 1891 to 1901 and the Gilchrist Transportation Company from at least 1901 to 1913 (National Archives 1891, 1893, 1894, 1901, 1906, 1913). At one point the George F. Williams was purchased by Sam Opinski from the Gilchrist Transportation Company for $800 in March of 1913 (National Archives n.d.; Konieczka 1989).
Notes from the field:
Day 3 – We were rained out in the morning (some pretty strong storms) but were able to return in the afternoon to test some equipment. We are resolving some technical issues but finding others. However, the “Austin Powers” as I call it, arrived today. This is a very sophisticated side-scan unit that will provide better resolution than the “mini-me” unit. We have two new crew and volunteer to help puzzle through the complexities and challenges of the “Powers.” We’ve worked through the powering issues and most of the electrical issues. Tomorrow’s forecast looks good, no rain!
Thanks and Cheers 🙂