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Torrent (Schooner), dismasted, 25 Apr 1860


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Schooner TORRENT, cargo corn, lost both her masts in a gale on Lake Michigan; towed to Milwaukee.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      March 11, 1861. Casualty List 1860

      . . . . .

      The brig TORRENT, of Detroit, bound from Chicago to Buffalo with a cargo
of corn, lost both her masts last night, while pitching in the heavy seas, about 4
miles out. Her foremast went by the board; the severe strain took off the
mainmast about 30 ft. above deck, and the entire top-gear went overboard,
shattering the larboard bulwarks, but fortunately not injuring the hull. The
steamer DETROIT found her pitching dismantled in the sea this morning, and
towed her in. - Milwaukee News, Thursday.
      Detroit Free Press
      April 29, 1860

      . . . . .

      The brig TORRENT, of Detroit, Captain Pringle, was towed into Milwaukee by
the steamship DETROIT, completely stripped of her masts and rigging. She was
bound from Chicago, to Buffalo, with a cargo of 19,500 bushels of corn, and in the
gale last night lost both her masts. The foremast was broken off close to the deck,
and the mainmast about 20 feet above the deck. Her hull and cargo are uninsured.
She was drifting entirely at the mercy of the waves, about 40 miles out.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Monday, April 30, 1860

      . . . . .

      The Milwaukee Sentinel says, the schooner TORRENT, recently dismasted off
this port, is to be made into a barque. She is being provided with new spars at Capt.
Jones' ship yard, and John Bloom, of Detroit is getting her up a complete new outfit
of sails. The TORRENT is owned at Detroit.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Friday, June 1, 1860

      . . . . .

      The schr. TORRENT, says the Milwaukee News, of Tuesday, which was dismasted
on Lake Michigan, on the 25th of April, has been recently fitted out as a bark, with new
spars, rigging and all above the rail. She is in fine trim, and looks as good as new. She
belongs to G.W. Bissell, of Detroit, and was fitted out under the superintendence of
Capt. Pringle, at Jones' ship yard. She goes below today with a cargo of 19,300 bushels
wheat for Oswego via Port Colborne.
      Detroit Free Press
      July 13, 1860

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Notes:
Reason: dismasted
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $4,000
Freight: corn
Remarks: Repaired
Date of Original:
1860
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Local identifier:
McN.W.3931
Language of Item:
English
  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.68473 Longitude: -86.53036
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Torrent (Schooner), dismasted, 25 Apr 1860