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Susquehanna (Schooner), lightning, &c., 1 Jun 1856

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Schooner SUSQUEHANNA, struck by lightning on Lake Michigan, lost mainmast &c
June 1856. Property loss, hull $400.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      January 31, 1857 (1856 casualty list)

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ANOTHER VESSEL STRUCK. - The Chicago Tribune, of the 14th, inst., says:- "The
SUSQUEHANNA, owned by C.M. Reed, of Erie, and sailed by Capt. Mosier, reached
this port Saturday, disabled. She was struck by lightning at the mouth of Carp River, by
which her mainmast was shivered, the lightning passed off at the pump. Fortunately no
one was hurt, the crew being ashore cutting some wood. She loaded with lumber and
came up with a double reefed main-sail, but before reaching port, had her top-mast
carried away in a squall."
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      June 19, 1856

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Reason: lightning, &c.
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $400
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.02361 Longitude: -85.76231
William R. McNeil
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Susquehanna (Schooner), lightning, &c., 1 Jun 1856