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Tempest (Schooner), U24150, aground, 14 Apr 1849

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TEMPEST Schooner, ashore at Sleeping Bear, Lake Michigan, April 14, 1849, with a cargo of 9,000 bushels of wheat.flour and beef. The wheat was nearly all thrown overboard.
      Casualty List for 1849
      Erik Hyle's private papers

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MARINE DISASTER. - The TEMPEST split her sails, and in consequence, went ashore near the "Sleeping Bear." 7,000 bushels of wheat were thrown overboard, when she floated, but another blow coming on before she could be got under way, she went ashore again, where she now lies with 3,000 bushels of wheat in her, and at last advices, was perfectly tight and the balance of the wheat dry. The TEMPEST is good vessel, 230 tons burthen, not quite a year old, owned in Racine by Dutton and others, and will probably be got off.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Monday, April 30, 1849 p.2

      The crew of the TEMPEST state that they sailed with the OUTWARD BOUND -- that when a few miles distant, and off the Sleeping Bear, she was observed to hoist a signal of distress, when the TEMPEST immediately bord [sic] down for her. When about half a mile distant, however, the OUTWARD BOUND went down with all on board.
The TEMPEST had run so far to leeward, to assist the OUTWARD BOUND, with the wind blowing fresh, that she was driven on shore, with loss of cargo. She has since been got off.
      It will be recollected the news of the TEMPEST going ashore reached here some days since. Mr. Pierce, brother to the Captain Pierce of the GENESEE CHIEF, was on board the OUTWARD BOUND. She was loaded with 4,000 bu of wheat from Richmond & Co., her owners; some flour for Ely & Co.; and 300 barrels of provisions from Mosier & Clapp, all of which was insured for $4,000, but two thirds her value. - - - Chicago Dem. 23.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Thursday, May 3, 1849

SCHOONER TEMPEST.- We learn from Mr. Goldsmith of the steamer NIAGARA, that there is a fair prospect of getting this schooner off. The captain of the NIAGARA offered his assistance to draw her off, but was told that as they had lighters taking the wheat out of the TEMPEST, they did not require his help.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Friday, May 11, 1849

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Schooner TEMPEST, beached near Sleeping Bear, Lake Michigan; got off; loss to vessel and cargo...$7,200.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Thursday, January 3, 1850 (extracted from list)

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Schooner TEMPEST. U. S. No. 24150. Of 196.30 tons gross; 186.49 tons net. Built Racine, Wis, 1848. Home port, Chicago, Ill. 126.0 x 26.0 x 8.0
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1892

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Reason: aground
Hull damage: $7,200
Cargo: included
Freight: wheat, beef &c.
Remarks: Got off
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Tempest (Schooner), U24150, aground, 14 Apr 1849