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Temperance (Schooner), aground, 1 Apr 1857

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TEMPERANCE Schooner, ashore at Racine. Total loss. Property loss $3,000.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 28, 1858 (1857 casualty list)
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TEMPERANCE Schooner, totally lost in gale off Racine. April 1857
      Chicago Daily Press
      Casualty List for 1857
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      DISASTERS BY THE LATE GALE. - The blow of Wednesday was very heavy at Racine.
We learn from the Daily Advocate that the schooners TEMPERANCE, CALCUTTA and GERTRUDE, all went ashore during the gale. The TEMPERANCE went to pieces. She had been employed with the tug McQUEEN, of Chicago, in getting the cargo out of the schooner HIBBARD, which went ashore last fall five miles north of Racine, and had got about 60,000 feet of lumber off the HIBBARD, when the gale set in and compelled the tug, with the schooner and a scow in tow, to run for Racine Harbor. The tug got in; but the scow sunk and the schooner went to pieces. The CALCUTTA was bound from Chicago to Manistee, loaded with supplies. The cargo was got out uninjured and the vessel scuttled.
The GERTRUDE belonged at Manitowoc, and was bound to Chicago with a load of shingles. Both these vessel will be got off without much expense. The schooner SANDUSKY, Capt. Carver, bound for White Lake, made Racine harbor during the height of the blow. The schooner HARRIET ANN, which went ashore at Kenosha, as previously reported, lies easy, and will be got off without much damage.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Tuesday, April 7, 1857

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STORM AT RACINE. -- There were three vessels wrecked at Racine in Wednesday's storm. The schooner TEMPERANCE, Capt. Petrie, went entirely to pieces. The schooner CALCUTTA was scuttled and sunk, and now lies tolerably easy and not heavily damaged. Some passengers were saved from her with severe exertion. The GERTRUDE, of Manitowoc, lies there on a sandy bottom, not much hurt. The schooner SANDUSKY, Capt. Carville, from Milwaukee bound to White Lake got in port with great difficulty. She is now safe. --- -- Milwaukee News
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      April 8, 1857

Schooner TEMPERANCE, of St. Joseph, Mich., Owned by James J. Randall of St. Joseph, & Wm. Ramond of Toledo. Capt. Alfred Wood. Built at St. Joseph by James J. Randall in 1847. Of 156.47 tons, 108.6 x 22.4 x 7.0 One deck Two masts. No gallery; no figure-head.
      Builders Certificate, dated St. JosephNov. 3, 1847
Schooner TEMPERANCE, of St. Joseph, Mich., Owned by Alexander Petrie. Capt. Alexander Petrie. Built at St. Joseph by James J. Randall in 1847. Of 156.47 tons, 108.6 x 22.4 x 7.0 One deck Two masts. No gallery; no figure-head.
      Enrollment Dated at Detroit Jan. 16, 1857
      By reason of Change of Owners & District

Schooner TEMPERANCE, of 147 tons (old measurement) Built St. Joseph, Mich., 1848 by J. Randall..
      Herman Runge Notes

      Schooner TEMPERANCE, 156.57 tons.
      Vessels Enrolled & Licensed in the District of Chicago, 1854
      Buffalo Democracy, Wednesday, February 28, 1855

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 42.72613 Longitude: -87.78285
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Temperance (Schooner), aground, 1 Apr 1857