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Gertrude (Schooner), aground, 11 Jul 1863

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Schooner GERTRUDE, cargo of lumber, struck on Chicago 'Bar' and lost her deck load.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Wednesday, January 20, 1864

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      SEVERE STORM - SEVERAL LIVES SUPPOSED TO BE LOST. - From about two o'clock Saturday morning till three o'clock yesterday afternoon, a very strong gale prevailed, compelling some fifty sail of vessels and three propellers to come to anchor outside.
      Saturday afternoon about three o'clock, while the gale was at its height, the schooner GERTRUDE, from Muskegon, laden with lumber, attempted to enter the north channel, and ran aground. Such was the force of the waves that she strained heavily and became water-logged. Her crew of five, thinking that the vessel was going down, became frightened, and three of them - the Captain and two sailors - lowered the long boat, got int her and pushed her off, with one oar only. But under these circumstances no boat could be managed, and she
rapidly drifted towards Hyde Park, and up to the present writing has not been heard of. In the meantime the tug CONTINENTAL succeeded in getting to the wreck, and brought off the remaining portion of the crew, but could do nothing to rescue the vessel. Her deck load was all washed overboard, and is now floating on the lake. - Chicago Tribune.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Wednesday, July 15, 1863

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Reason: aground
Lives: 3 ?
Hull damage: $250
Cargo: $450
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Got off
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
William R. McNeil
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Gertrude (Schooner), aground, 11 Jul 1863