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Sea Bird (Steamboat), aground, 17 Dec 1863

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Steamer SEA BIRD, stranded six miles north of Milwaukee.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Wednesday, January 20, 1864

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ASHORE. - The steamer SEA BIRD, that has been on the route between Milwaukee and Goderich during the past season, but has been recently plying between ports on the west shore of Lake Michigan, on Thursday night last, in a terrific gale, was driven ashore about six miles north of Milwaukee. She was bound for Milwaukee, and had on board
fifteen passengers, among whom were three ladies, beside some freight. When last heard from, the passengers were all safely ashore, and the sea had carried away her upper works, and was breaking entirely over her, and it seemed impossible to save her from total wreck.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Monday, December 21, 1863

NOTE - The steamer SEA BIRD is included in a list of vessels laid up for the winter at Milwaukee. ??

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      THE STEAMER SEA BIRD. -- Capt. Kirkland, has taken the contract for getting the steamer SEA BIRD off the beach at White Fish Bay, Lake Michigan, where she went ashore last fall, the former contractor having failed in the attempt. Capt. C. is to be master of her, if he gets her off.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      April 15, 1864

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THE WRECKED STEAMER SEA BIRD. -- Capt. Morgan yesterday took the steamer COMET up to the vicinity of her wrecked consort, the SEA BIRD, which -- as is commonly known -- has been on the beach near the South Point of White Fish Bay since last Fall. The COMET towed up a scow laden with wood and coal for running the steam pumps in the SEA BIRD and other articles to be used for getting her off. It was found that the late storm had cleared away the most of the sand that had been washed up against the boat during the winter and spring, and that could she be moved ten feet out into the lake she would float free and clear.
      This, it is thought can be done by means of screws and hawsers secured to anchors out in the lake. Capt. Goodrich is determined to spare no effort to get this substantial little steamer back into active service, and we thing that he will soon succeed. The SEA BIRD is not, after all the battering of five months storms materially injured. --- Chicago Tribune, 3rd
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 4, 1864

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $12,000
Remarks: Got off
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 43.0389 Longitude: -87.90647
William R. McNeil
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Sea Bird (Steamboat), aground, 17 Dec 1863