The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Anna Craig (Schooner), leak, 17 Oct 1861

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CRAIG, ANNA Schooner, cargo grain, when endeavoring to make Milwaukee in bad weather, mistook Port Washington for it, and anchored in time to prevent her from going on the beach. Got out and arrived at Milwaukee in a leaky condition, discharged and docked.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Jan. 22, 1862. Casualty List, 1861

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Schooner ANNA CRAIG, of Cobourg, Canada, Capt. William Ross, loaded with 15,50
bushels of wheat from Chicago, bound down, was off Twin Rivers, Lake Michigan, on the
night of the 17th. inst., the wind commenced to blow hard from the northeast; they bore up
to run back to Milwaukee for a harbor; they made a mistake and took Port Washington
for Milwaukee; mistook the light on the bridge pier for the harbor light at Milwaukee, (our
readers will understand there is no harbor at Port Washington, only a pier running out into
the lake,) and run in on the north side of the pier; discovered their error, and let the anchors go under foot; brought her up with fore-foot on the beach; swung around alongside the pier;
got a hawser out, ran it to end of pier and hove off, leaking badly; ran back to Milwaukee,
and is now discharging there to go on the dock. Her expenses discharging there to go on
the dock will be heavy. Her cargo is apparently uninjured.
The mistake was a queer one to make, and shows the importance of having persons on
board vessels acquainted with the navigation. The escape from the loss of vessel and cargo was a lucky and remarkable one.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      October 23, 1861

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Reason: leak
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $450
Cargo: $200
Freight: grain
Remarks: Repaired
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Geographic Coverage:
  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 43.38722 Longitude: -87.87564
William R. McNeil
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Anna Craig (Schooner), leak, 17 Oct 1861