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Kossuth (Schooner), sunk, 1 Nov 1857

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KOSSUTH Schooner, broke adrift from the wharf at Chicago, went on the 'bar', and sank, total loss, with cargo of wood. Property loss $9,450
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Jan. 28, 1858 (1857 Casualty List)

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      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.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      November 23, 1857

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      Two Vessels Gone To Pieces And Four More Ashore.
The Chicago Press gives particulars of heavy losses of the gale of Wednesday night on Lake Michigan.
      About daylight on Tuesday morning the new schooner KOSSUTH went down outside the breakwater at Chicago, having been blown out from the north pier to which she had been moored. Her crew were saved by the tug LEVY. She was owned by C. Raab, of Sheboygan, and cost $10,000. Money on board amounting to $2,100 belonging to the owner was also lost.
      The schooner HARRIET ROSS was brought in by the tug McQUEEN, having been blown back with loss of bulwarks, booms and damaged sails. Her cargo of wheat is nearly destroyed by the water.
      The schooner MARY JANE went on the beach 12 miles below Chicago and the crew report her going to pieces.
      The LEWIS IRWIN is ashore at the same place.
      Much anxiety has been felt for the steamer CLEVELAND due from Queen Bay, but she arrived, having had her fires put out several times during the storm - and her bulwarks, gangway, kitchen and Barber shop completely smashed. Capt. Flood says the passengers, 60 in number, turned out nobly to the pumps, with the exception of one Englishman who "had paid his passage and didn't mean to work it."
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      November 23, 1857

Schooner KOSSUTH, was dashed against the break water at Chicago, Lake Michigan. She was a new schooner owned by Rabb of Sheboygan.
      Toronto Globe
      November 24, 1857
Schooner KOSSUTH. Of 214.44 tons. Built Sheboygan, Wisc. 1857 by P.R. Beaupre. 106.0 x 25.5 x 8.8 Wrecked at Chicago in 1857.
      Herman Runge Notes

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Freight: wood
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
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Kossuth (Schooner), sunk, 1 Nov 1857