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Pilot (Schooner), sunk, 1 Nov 1858

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Scow Schooner PILOT, cargo wood, foundered at anchor at Chicago Pier, total loss, with two lives. Property loss $750
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 15, 1859 (1858 Casualty List)

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      THE GALE - SCHOONER PILOT WRECKED - TWO LIVES LOST. - The first severe gale of this season swept over Lake Michigan on Monday night last, from the east-north-east. A considerable number of lake craft were driven to this port for shelter, but on account of the severity of the storm, did not venture to effect the entrance, but anchored off the harbor.
      Among the number was the schooner PILOT, Capt. Bell, with a cargo of wood from Grand Haven. Fearing he would not enter with safety, the captain anchored about 4 miles northeast of the lighthouse. In less than a minute after the anchor was thrown out a sea swept completely over the schooner's deck, and it soon became evident that the vessel could live but a very short time. The smal boat was thereupon lowered, and with great difficulty the captain and crew (six men in all) succeeded in getting into it. They were subsequently rescued by another vessel.
      At the time Captain Bell and his crew left the PILOT, there were also on board of her a young man by the name of Samuel W. Derickson, well known in this city, and a gentleman from South Haven, Mich., name unknown. The last two were lost with the vessel. The gentleman from South Haven told young Derickson that he thought the vessel would live longer than the small boat, and therefore, the two did not leave the schooner with Captain Bell and the crew. Mr. Derickson, however, subsequently concluded to get into the small boat, but just at the moment when he was about to leap, the schooner sank, carrying him and his ill-fated companion with her. The schooner had on board 80 cords of wood, and was owned by R.P. Derickson, the father of the young man who was lost with her. - Chicago Times.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Saturday, November 6, 1858

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Reason: sunk
Lives: 2
Freight: wood
Remarks: total loss
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
William R. McNeil
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Pilot (Schooner), sunk, 1 Nov 1858