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Nautilus (Schooner), aground, 4 Oct 1854

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NAUTILUS Schooner, lost on Chicago 'bar' with cargo of salt. Property loss $16,000.
      Buffalo Democracy
      Feb. 28, 1855 (casualty list)

Port of Buffalo, Cleared, Sept. 21, 1854
Schr. NAUTILUS, Hackett, Chicago
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      September 22, 1854

The schooner NAUTILUS, Capt. Hackett, with a cargo of 1600 bbls salt from Buffalo, was off our harbor at two o'clock yesterday, during the westerly gale. The vessel attempted to come into port, and got within twenty feet of the north pier, when finding the channel blocked by vessels which had there come to anchor - thus preventing him from entering - the Captain ordered the helm to starboard, and the NAUTILUS fell off, and touched on the south end of the bar. Both anchors were immediately let go, and finding that the vessel was loading, (sic) a boat was sent ashore under charge of the mate for a tug. The ROBERT FOLLETT got up steam and went out to the end of the piers, but declined going further on account of the roughness of the lake. An attempt was made to get a second tug, but with no better success. In the meantime all three of the pumps on board of the NAUTILUS were at work, but they could not free her - the water gaining on them at the rate of two feet per hour.
      Having beat over the bar into the South channel, and finding all attempts to save the vessel prove fruitless, the Captain and crew abandoned her, saving all their clothing. At seven o'clock in the morning, the schooner sunk in fourteen feet of water. At a late hour yesterday afternoon, the wreck had beat in towards the breakwater, and was twisting and working as if her masts would go out of her every moment. She was heeling off shore.
      The NAUTILUS was a clipper schooner, fore and aft rigged, and was built at Buffalo last spring. She was owned by Rounds, Hudson & Ranney, of this city; and was insured for $12,000 - equally divided between the Buffalo, Chicago and Milwaukee Mutual Companies. Her cargo belonged to the same firm, and was also insured.
      Capt. Hackett reports that he experienced a succession of heavy gales from the time he left Buffalo. On Saturday last he was met with a severe blow on Lake Huron; and carried away the jibboom. - Chicago Tribune.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      October 7, 1854

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TOTAL LOSS.---The schooner NAUTILUS, which sunk at the foot of Lake Street, on the 4th. inst., will doubtless prove a total loss. Her hull abaft the mainmast, has suffered much in beating about, and her stern frame is entirely gone. She was loaded with salt, and both vessel and cargo were fully insured in the Mutual of Chicago, Milwaukee and Buffalo. ------ Chicago Journal
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Monday, October 20, 1854

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: salt
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
William R. McNeil
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Nautilus (Schooner), aground, 4 Oct 1854