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Minnesota (Brig), struck pier, 1 Apr 1854

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MINNESOTA Brig, driven against breakwater at Chicago. Property loss $4,000
      Buffalo Democracy
      Feb. 28, 1855 (casualty list)

A GALE. -- The brig MINNESOTA, Captain Joseph Napier, which sailed from this port on Saturday forenoon last for Buffalo, with a cargo of 1,768 barrels of provisions, ran back about 8 o'clock on Sunday evening, and came to anchor off the foot of Lake Street. About 6:30 o'clock yesterday morning, during the height of the gale she parted her small cable, and her best bower refusing to hold her, she commenced dragging and brought up about 9 o'clock against the break-water to the Illinois Central Railroad, off the foot of Van Buren street. The gallant tug ECLIPSE, under charge of Captain Brown, with a number of lake captains on board as volunteers, started to the rescue. The brig was ------ unreadable line ---------- the crest of the waves like a cork. A heavy hawser having been made fast to her, the brig was taken in tow, and in about two hours was safely brought into the river, with four feet of water in her hold, and having experienced damages to the amount of about $2,000. She will discharge her cargo, and go in Dry Dock for repairs. --- Chicago Tribune, 11th.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Thursday, April 13, 1854

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Reason: struck pier
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $4,000
Freight: provisions
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
William R. McNeil
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Minnesota (Brig), struck pier, 1 Apr 1854