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Constellation (Brig), aground, 19 Nov 1857

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CONSTELLATION Brig, ashore at Waukegan, total loss. Property loss $9,800.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Jan. 28, 1858 (1857 Casualty List)

      The Chicago Times of Friday says the schooner KOSSUTH, Capt. Long, from Sheboygan with a cargo of wood and whitefish, reached the harbor entrance after dark Wednesday evening, and made fast to the north pier, intending to wait until daylight before proceeding up the river. When the blow commenced, her fastenings were broken, and she was driven upon the sunken rocks of the south pier with such violence as to stave a hole in her bottom, in consequence of which, she immediately commenced filling. The anchor was cast, and the crew took to their boat, in which they reached the land in safety. The vessel lays sunken to the bulwarks near the breakwater. She will probably be a total loss, together with her cargo. She had between 200 and 300 bbls. of whitefish.
      We learn that the schooner CONSTELLATION broke from her moorings at Dickenson's Pier, Waukegan, and went ashore about half a mile south of the pier. She had on 6,000 bushels of wheat
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      November 23, 1857

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About 7 o'clock on Thursday, the crew of the schooner MARY JANE arrived in this city from Gros Point, twelve miles below, where they left the vessel beached, going to pieces. The LEWIS IRWIN is ashore at the same place -- both vessels loaded with lumber. The former is owned by Ulson & Hill, of Sheboygan, and the latter by Canfield & Co. of this city.
The brig CONSTELLATION is reported ashore at Waukegan, and two or three vessels at Racine. The former was loading at Waugegan, and was blown from her moorings. She had 6,000 bushels of wheat on board. --- Chicago Press, 20th.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Monday, November 23, 1857

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Reason: aground
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 42.36363 Longitude: -87.84479
William R. McNeil
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Constellation (Brig), aground, 19 Nov 1857