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Falcon (Propeller), fire, 19 Oct 1856

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Propeller FALCON, cargo 6,000 bushels wheat, 400 barrels beef, 400 hides, burned at the dock in Chicago.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 31, 1857 (1856 casualty list)

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      ANOTHER FIRE. - As we were going to press, we learn of another destructive fire, which took place at Bridgeport this morning, about 4 o'clock, resulting in the entire destruction of Messrs. Hough's immense pork packing house and the popeller FALCON.
      The fire broke out in the propeller which had a heavy cargo of beef, hides, and 6,000 bushels of wheat. The cargo was mostly insured, but the boat was not. She belonged to the Western Transportation Company.
The Messrs. Hough were fully insured to the amount of $33,000. Mr. Hawkins, who was packing beef at the establishment, meets with a heavy loss. We have no been able to learn further particulars, owing to the absence of the principals concerned at present. - Chicago Journal, 19th.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Tuesday, October 21, 1856

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NEW PROPELLER. -- The propeller MOHAWK which arrived on Sunday from Chicago, brought down the engine and machinery of the propeller FALCON, which was destroyed by fire at Chicago last fall, which is to be placed in a new propeller of 600 tons now building by Van Slyke, Notter & Co., for the Western Transportation Company, which will be ready for the fall trade.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Tuesday, May 19, 1857

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Reason: fire
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $18,000
Cargo: $12,600
Freight: wheat, beef, hide
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
William R. McNeil
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Falcon (Propeller), fire, 19 Oct 1856