The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
O. Q. Melzar (Schooner), aground, 12 May 1853

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METZAR, O.Q. Schooner, beached near Chicago piers. Got off. Property loss $200.
      Buffalo Express
      Jan. 2, 1854 (casualty list)

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From Capt. Harris of the BUENA VISTA, we learn the particulars of the effects
of the gale in his vicinity. He reports the loss of the O.Q.MELZAR. The BUENA
VISTA and MELZAR cleared for this port, from Manistee, on the 11th. inst. The
next day (Sunday) the gale had reached such a height that both vessels ran for
harbor. The south west wind blowing very heavily, made a harbor under Shushwaw
Point, about 2 P.M. In less than two hours, the MELZAR parted both chains and
went ashore. The BUENA VISTA rode out the gale until Tuesday, when she took
on board the crew of the MELZAR, her sails, rigging, &c, and brought them to this
The MELZAR was almost a new vessel, and is owned at Detroit. She lies beded
deep in the sand, water-logged. She had a full cargo of lumber. Both vessel and
cargo may possibly be saved.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Thursday, November 16, 1854

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Remarks: Got off
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
William R. McNeil
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O. Q. Melzar (Schooner), aground, 12 May 1853