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Western Metropolis (Bark), dismasted, 28 Aug 1863

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Bark WESTERN METROPOLIS, dismasted in a squall on Lake Michigan.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Wednesday, January 20, 1864

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Bark WESTERN METROPOLIS DISMASTED. - We learn from Capt. Fitzgerald, of the schooner WALRUS, that the large and splendid bark WESTERN METROPOLIS, bound from Buffalo to Chicago, loaded with salt, was dismasted 10 miles east of Bailey's Harbor, Friday. The wind was blowing a gale from the northwest at the time, and a heavy sea running. Her foremast and the mainmast were carried away and went overboard, leaving the mizzen alone standing. The schooner MONITOR, which arrived here after the WALRUS on Saturday, reports having seen the WESTERN METROPOLIS about midway across the lake on Friday evening drifting to the southeast under her mizzen. Tugs have been sent to her assistance. The WESTERN METROPOLIS is the largest vessel on the lakes, and one of the best. - Milwaukee Sentinel.
      THE BARK WESTERN METROPOLIS DISMASTED. - On Friday morning last, says the Chicago Journal, the schooner KETCHUM, since arrived here, passed the mammoth bark WESTERN METROPOLIS, about fifteen miles from the west shore of of Lake Michigan, between the Manitous and Bailey's Harbor, with her fore and main-mast gone. The accident occurred early the same morning, and was the result of a severe squall, accompanied with rain and snow. When seen, the crew were clearing away the wreck and the captain, in answer to the call from Captain Fulton, of the KETCHUM, said he needed no assistance.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Wednesday, September 2, 1863

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      THE WESTERN METROPOLIS. - The bark WESTERN METROPOLIS, dismasted in the recent gale on the lake, after drifting about and laying at anchor for nearly a week, arrived here on Saturday, and came to anchor off the harbor, where she remained all day awaiting a tug to tow her to Chicago. - Milwaukee Sentinel.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Wednesday, September 9, 1863

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Reason: dismasted
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $10,000
Cargo: $500
Freight: salt
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.68473 Longitude: -86.53036
William R. McNeil
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Western Metropolis (Bark), dismasted, 28 Aug 1863