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Bohemian (Schooner), aground, 24 Oct 1856

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Schooner BOHEMIAN, cargo railroad iron, ashore at Port Washington. Total loss.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 31, 1857 (1856 casualty list)

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      Chicago, Oct. 27. - There has been a great gale on Lake Michigan for two days past. Advices received last night confirm the previous report of the total loss of the propeller TOLEDO, off Port Washington on Friday night. Between thirty and forty lives were lost - but three saved.
The schooner BOHEMIAN was wrecked at the same time and place.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Monday, October 27, 1856

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The schooner BOHEMIAN lies broadside on, high and dry, with but two or three feet of water around her, some 200 yards south of Silverman's pier. The vessel is not much damaged, and may be got off with favorable weather. She came ashore, bows on, and as soon as she struck, the sea made a clear breach over her, sweeping her fore and aft. Her crew halloed lustily and fearfully for help, and help was at hand. Some of the people of Port Washington - to their infinite credit be it said - manned the life-boat, launched her into the raging sea, and pulled out gallantly for the wreck. They reached her, and in two trips, got every man safe ashore; the captain, like a brave man and true sailor sticking to his craft to the last moment. - Milwaukee Sentinel, 28.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Thursday, October 30, 1856

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $16,000
Cargo: $2,000
Freight: railroad iron
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 43.38722 Longitude: -87.87564
William R. McNeil
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Bohemian (Schooner), aground, 24 Oct 1856