THE SWEEPSTAKES. -- The Express says: -- We have before mentioned that this vessel, which was ashore on the reef at the mouth of the river has been got off and brought into this port. We yesterday paid a visit to her where she lies, in the dry dock, and were perfectly surprised to find her so little damaged. Her lines are just as perfect as they were the day she was launched. Her keel is nearly all off, her bottom badly chafed, and some good sized holes in it, made by the rocks. She is an A 1 vessel, built three years ago by those celebrated builders Quayle & Martin, of Cleveland. Capt. Jones, one of our best builders, pronounced her, yesterday, one of the best built vessels he ever saw. It is estimated that it will cost $2,000 to put her in perfect order and as good as new. Capt. Buffington, her master, is deserving of great credit for his untiring exertions in getting her off, which was accomplished by the aid of one of Palmer's wrecking pumps, owned and managed by Capt. Reuben Dill. It will be recollected that Capt. Dill had great success with his pump in getting off vessels last spring, on the shores of Lake Michigan, and this is another evidence of the value of his pump for wrecking purposes.
Buffalo Daily Republic
November 25, 1859
Schooner SWEEPSTAKES. U. S. No. 22358. Of 309 tons. Home port, Chicago, Ill.
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1869