The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Congress (Schooner), dismasted & aground, 28 Nov 1853

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CONGRESS Schooner, cargo R.R. iron and apples, dismasted on Lake Michigan,, lost all sails and rigging, jetted deck load. Property loss $3,800
      Buffalo Express
      Jan. 2, 1854 (casualty list)

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The Milwaukee Sentinel says:- The schooner CONGRESS, reported in our last as missing, is ashore at Point Betsy, opposite the South Manitou, dismasted and probably a total wreck. She threw a portion of her cargo overboard before going ashore. She had on 2,000 bbls apples and 150 tons railroad iron for this port.
Apples insured in the Merchants Mutual, and iron in the Commercial Insurance Company of this city. The vessel was owned in Buffalo.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Thursday, December 8, 1853

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The schooner CONGRESS was towed into port today-- 42 days out from Buffalo. She had been dismasted off Point Betsy. The cargo is nearly all uninjured.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Thursday, December 29, 1853

Vessel Sold. -- The Milwaukee Wisconsin of Wednesday, learns that the Deputy U. S. Marshal Cotton sold on Tuesday the schooner CONGRESS, which was dismasted last December south of the Manitous, to G. Pfister, for $1,225.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Saturday, April 1, 1854

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Reason: dismasted & aground
Lives: nil
Freight: R.R.iron & apples
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 44.69111 Longitude: -86.25537
William R. McNeil
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Congress (Schooner), dismasted & aground, 28 Nov 1853