The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 21, 1855

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p.2 Vessels Lost & Ashore - Chicago, Sept. 19th - We have received full particulars of the loss of the steamer Sevastopol previously reported. The Mate and Pilot lowered a boat and attempted to reach the shore with a line, but were both drowned. Subsequently a lifeboat was sculled ashore by one seaman, and by that means a hawser was fastened ashore, and all the passengers landed in safety. The Sevastopol parted in three places about three this afternoon, and is a total loss. Her cargo consisted of 800 tons merchandise and 50 horses. She was bound from Buffalo to Chicago. The supposed cause of the wreck is that the government light was out, and that Captain Wilts mistook a light on a beach schooner for it.

The schooner Drake is ashore 4 miles north.

The barque Hungarian, from Milwaukie to Oswego with a cargo of wheat, returned to port leaking badly.

The schooner Superior is ashore 9 miles this side of Milwaukie, with the waves dashing over her, and men in the rigging.

Three unknown schooners are also ashore near the wreck of the Sebastopol.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 21, 1855