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Maine (Schooner), struck pier, 27 Apr 1854

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

Chicago, April 28. -- We experienced here yesterday one of the most violent and severe gales that has ever been witnessed on this lake. Several schooners have been driven ashore and others have gone to pieces.
      The schooner MERCHANT came to anchor off the break water and soon capsized, four of her men were drowned and three were taken off by life-boats. The schooner ROCKY MOUNTAIN driven ashore near Car works and went to pieces. No lives lost.
      The OLIVER RICHMOND went ashore on break water, and has gone to pieces.
      The schooners P. HAYDEN; LIZZIE THROOP; ARROW and MAINE are also wrecked. Seven lives lost.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Friday, April 28, 1854

The schooners LIZZIE THROOP and MAINE, which were driven against the break water during the gale of last week, were towed into port on Saturday. They were full of water, and their hulls were very much injured, as also their rigging. The deck of each was almost entirely broken up. As soon as they are discharged, they will be taken into the dry dock for repairs. The schooner P. HAYDEN was towed in yesterday afternoon by the ECLIPSE. The ARROW remains alongside of the break water, as previously reported. It is doubtful whether she will be saved. -- Chicago Tribune.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Wednesday, May 3, 1854

THE LOSS. -- The Chicago Tribune estimates the loss by the late gale on Lake Michigan as follows:-- The OLIVE RICHMOND, total loss, valued at $2,700, cargo, $2,350, no insurance; ROCKY MOUNTAIN, total loss, valued at $2,000, insured for $1,000, cargo $1,000, no insurance; the MERCHANT, total loss, valued at $2,000, cargo $600, no insurance; the ARROW, valued at $3,000, insured $1,000; the P. HAYDEN, valued at $5,000, insured $4,000, cargo $1,200 no insurance; the LIZZIE THROOP, valued at $4,500, cargo $1,200, no insurance; the MAINE, valued at $7,000, insured $6,000, cargo $2,250, no insurance; the A.C. VAN RAALTEE, damage about $200, by striking the break water.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Thursday, May 4, 1854

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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
William R. McNeil
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Maine (Schooner), struck pier, 27 Apr 1854