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Virginia Purdy (Schooner), aground, 23 Oct 1854

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PURDY, VILGINIA Schooner, ashore at Milwaukee, cargo corn. Property loss $9,000
      Buffalo Democracy
      Feb. 28, 1855 (casualty list)

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      A telegraph dispatch, received yesterday forenoon, from Capt. Dill, of the schooner VIRGINIA PURDY, states that that vessel, which was bound to this port with a cargo of corn, from Chicago, sunk at Milwaukee, near the south pier, on Monday. She will be got up.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Thursday, October 26, 1854

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      THE SCHOONER "VIRGINIA PURDY" ---The Chicago Tribune says that during the heavy blow of Sunday last, the schooner VIRGINIA PURDY, of and from that port, with a cargo of wheat for this city, went ashore on the beach at Milwaukee, just south of the lower pier. The vessel was endeavoring to make the river, from stress of weather, but was prevented from entering by a propeller, which lay directly across the mouth of the Harbor, thus forcing the schooner ashore. Her starboard bulwarks were badly stove, and the waves were washing over her deck when the steamer left her. She will probably be got off, after her cargo is discharged.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Friday, October 27, 1854

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The schooner VIRGINIA PURDY, from Chicago, bound down with a cargo of corn, in attempting to run in (there being a propeller aground near the entrance) pounded upon the bar, and swung off, going ashore south of the pier, where she lay yesterday, leaking badly, and her cargo coming ashore. She will be got off after discharging, unless the sea should come up again.------Milwaukee Sentinel
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Friday, October 27, 1854

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The Milwaukee Sentinel says that the schooner VIRGINIA PURDY, which went ashore on Sunday week, south of the Government piers, with a cargo of corn from Chicago, has been got off and towed into the river at Wheeler & Co's Warehouse, where she lay yesterday, discharging her cargo. The cargo is spoiled, but the
vessel does not seem to have suffered much. She will be hauled out on the railway at once.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Saturday, November 4, 1854

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: corn
Remarks: Got off
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 43.0389 Longitude: -87.90647
William R. McNeil
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Virginia Purdy (Schooner), aground, 23 Oct 1854