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Orleans (Brig), aground, 21 Oct 1855

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ORLEANS Brig, lumber, ashore at Milwaukee. Captain and Mate drowned. Property loss $1,500
      Buffalo Morning Express
      Jan. 11, 1856 (Casualty List)

THE GALE ON LAKE MICHIGAN. -- The Milwaukee sentinel of Monday, contains accounts of numerous marine disasters in that vicinity, the most serious of which is the total loss of the propeller ALLEGHENY.
      The schooner ORLEANS, of Chicago, loaded with lumber, also went ashore on Sunday afternoon, a little south of the government pier, and Capt. J. Douglas and his first mate, Charles Burch, were drowned in trying to reach the land. The rest of the crew, six in number, were gallantly rescued by a boat manned by Capt. E.S. Stone, Capt. McKiterick, Wm. Young, and Capt. Harvey. The Sentinel says:
      One of the men on board of the schooner PERSEVERANCE had his leg broken in trying to save the lives of those lost on the ORLEANS. This man is a poor sailor, and depends upon his labor to support himself and his family, and he is disabled by this accident, and out citizens should subscribe and make up a sum to provide for winter. -- Let it be done at once.
      Had the life-boat been on hand, as it ought to have been, instead of being locked up at least a mile from the vicinity of any danger, the lives of these men could have been saved; and we would suggest that hereafter it be put where it will be serviceable and under the control of men who can man and use it as intended.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Thursday, October 25, 1855

The brig ORLEANS, wrecked south of the government pier, was an old hulk and so rotten that the sea quickly knocked her to pieces. -- Milwaukee Sentinel, 23d.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Friday, October 26, 1855

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Reason: aground
Lives: 2
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 43.0389 Longitude: -87.90647
William R. McNeil
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Orleans (Brig), aground, 21 Oct 1855