The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oleander (Brig), lightning, 7 Aug 1853

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OLEANDER Brig, struck by lightning while lying at Chicago. Property loss $150.
      Buffalo Express
      Jan. 2, 1854 (casualty list)

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Heavy Storm - The Chicago Tribune says:- About 3 on Sunday afternoon, our
city was visited with one of the heaviest showers of the season. The wind blew
a tempest. The brigantine OLEANDER, lying at the South Branch, near the Dry
Dock, was struck by lightning. The fluid entered the main royal mast, attracted
probably by the iron bolt that secures the ball to the mast head, following down
and shivering in its course the royal top-gallant and top masts. From the heel
of the main-top-mast, it followed down the slings of the main yard, thence along
the topsail sheet (chain) through the shivhole, and off at the end of the sheet
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Thursday, August 11, 1853

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REPAIRED. - The brig "OLEANDER," which was struck by lightning on Sunday
last is again in sailing order and is taking on a cargo for Buffalo. The expense of
repairs was about $100.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Tuesday, August 16, 1853

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Reason: lightning
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $100
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
William R. McNeil
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Oleander (Brig), lightning, 7 Aug 1853