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Yankee (Schooner), aground, 25 Oct 1856

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Schooner YANKEE, drove on to Chicago breakwater, and went to pieces, cargo lumber.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 31, 1857 (1856 casualty list)

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LOSS OF THE YANKEE AND NARROW ESCAPE OF HER CREW. - Last night, during the blow, which is the most dangerous one of the season, owing to the shifting of the wind, thereby producing a very rough, chop sea, the schooner YANKEE, of Toledo, loaded with lumber, missed the harbor and drifted south as far as the foot of Madison Street. Her anchors were let go which held her until about six o'clock this morning, when one cable parted, and she dragged her other anchor and commenced pounding on the bottom. About nine o'clock this morning she went on the breakwater, and the crew jumped and lashed themseves to the posts.
A small boat was launched into the outer basin, and four noble fellows, at imminent risk, pulled up to them and succeeded in taking off six. Another boat succeeded in picking off the other four. The whole crew were thoroughly benumbed, and stated that they could have held out but little longer. The men who went to their rescue are entitled to all praise, and had we their names we would give them in the largest capitals.
The vessel will prove a total wreck beyond all doubt as the crew state that she is very badly jammed, and cannot probably stand it much longer. - Chicago Tribune, 25th.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Tuesday, October 27, 1856

Scow YANKEE, Capt. Howard, wrecked on the breakwater at Chicago at the same place that the ANSOL L. COBB was wrecked.
      Toronto GLOBE
      October 29, 1856

Scow YANKEE, of Allegan. 91.22 tons. Built Toledo, 1853, owned by Horace Howland, commanded by Capt. Nelson Nightengale. One deck; two masts. no galleries; no figurehead. 79.0 x 19.0 x 6.8
      Enrollment No. 38 of 1856
      dated May 6, 1856

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $1,400
Cargo: $140
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
William R. McNeil
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Yankee (Schooner), aground, 25 Oct 1856