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Welland (Schooner), dismasted, 2 Dec 1856

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Schooner WELLAND, dismasted and dragged anchors into Milwaukee Harbor.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 31, 1857 (1856 casualty list)

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      The greatest interest was felt yesterday in the fate of the schooner WELLAND, which at daylight was seen to be dismasted in the bay, and dragging in towards the shore. At 11 o'clock her anchors held her, rolling and pitching about in the rising sea, opposite the end of the South pier, and some 600 feet east of the new Straight Cut Harbor piers. She had up a jury mast, with her ensign union down, and the men on board, exhausted with their night's work, anxious to be relieved. In spite of the driving, blinding storm, which rendered it almost impossible to stay in the area of the piers, there were many vessel captains, sailors and others on hand, watching anxiously for an opportunity to render assistance. The life-boat was brought around, and plenty of men stood ready to man at the word. At about 3 o'clock P. M., the chain of the heaviest anchor parted, and the other held just long enough, as it appears, to give a
fortunate direction to the helpless hull, and amidst the breathless anxiety of the lookers on, she was driven by the waves straight in between the new harbor piers, and got safely into the river and the men on board all saved. Thus has our new harbor already commenced its work of saving life and property. - Milwaukee Sentinel, 3rd.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Saturday, December 6, 1856

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      The schooner GERTRUDE, of Manitowoc, lies at the dock, full of water, awaiting her turn. The old brig ALGOMAH os on hand for some repairs. The schooner RAMBLER, of Racine, lately ashore, is at the dock, having received but slight injuries. The schooner HERALD, which sunk last fall inside of the piers, and the schooner WELLAND, which was stripped to her hull in a gale in November, and got in through the Straight Cut, were just being hauled out on the railway. The schooners ARGO and PURDY are awaiting their turn. -- Milwaukee Sentinel.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Tuesday, April 28, 1857

Schooner WELLAND. Of 153 tons. Built St. Catharines, Ont., 1847, by Louis Shickluna. Became American in 1868 with U. S. No. 26897.
      Herman Runge Notes

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Reason: dismasted
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $1,500
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 43.0389 Longitude: -87.90647
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Welland (Schooner), dismasted, 2 Dec 1856