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Geneva (Brig), aground, 15 Oct 1857

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GENEVA Brig, cargo lumber, went ashore near Chicago, lost deck load Property loss $3,670
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Jan. 28, 1858 (1857 Casualty List)

The brig GENEVA went stem on the beach, opposite the cemetery, two miles north of the pier. She was bound to this port with a load of lumber, and has since filled with water. Though quite close to shore, the crew could not risk an attempt to land, as the undertow would certainly have carried them all out beyond the reach of assistance. The small boat was stove in, and left a wreck on the beach.
      Yesterday morning, Captain Davidson, the excellent marine inspector at this port, rode down to ascertain the condition of the brig. Coming back without delay, he manned a boat with a crew, went to the rescue, and by 3 P. M., had all the hands safely landed on terra firma. Capt. Davidson deserves great credit for his alacrity and energy. When we saw him he was thoroughly drenched, and so were his companions. The brig does not appear to have sustained serious damage. -- Chicago Press, 17th.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Monday, October 19, 1857

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: lumber
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
William R. McNeil
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Geneva (Brig), aground, 15 Oct 1857