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Baltic (Schooner), capsized, 18 May 1852

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Schooner BALTIC, capsized on Lake Michigan, crew all lost. Vessel saved. Property loss $700.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      December 25, 1852 (1852 casualty list)

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VESSEL CAPSIZED AND CREW LOST. -- The Chicago Tribune, of the 24th inst., says: During the terrible storm, which swept over Lake Michigan on last Tuesday morning, the schooner ELBE, in running before the gale, passed somewhere off Waukegan, a vessel that had been capsized and the crew clinging to the wreck. Help from the ELBE was totally out of the question, and the poor fellows had to be left to their fate. It was impossible to determine the name of the vessel, but, from the marks, it was thought to be either the schooner J. F. PORTER or BALTIC -- both lumber vessels, which had left here light for the lumber regions the previous evening. We fear we shall have to record other misfortunes of a like character, as there are several vessels, but have not been heard from since the storm.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Thursday, May 27, 1852

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      LOSS OF THE SCHOONER BALTIC. - The Chicago Tribune of the 25th inst., says: The vessel which we reported yesterday as having capsized off Waukegan in the storm of last week, proves to be the schooner BALTIC. The Capt. of a lumber vessel. name forgotten, which arrived this morning, reports having passed the wreck yesterday about 7 miles off Southport. He ran sufficiently near to read her name. Her stern was out of water which gave him an opportunity to do so. There can be little question but that her crew have found a water grave.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Friday, May 28, 1852

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Reason: capsized
Lives: 7
Freight: nil
Remarks: Recovered
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 42.36363 Longitude: -87.84479
William R. McNeil
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Baltic (Schooner), capsized, 18 May 1852