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Ocean (Schooner), aground, 17 Mar 1844

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GALE ON LAKE MICHIGAN - The St. Joseph Commercial Bulletin of March 18th contained an account of the schr. JEFFERSON, Capt. Dougal, and the brig ROSA, Capt. Whiting, being driven ashore at that place by the violence of the gale on the 17th. Both vessels were loaded with stone for St. Joseph's harbor, and itis thought they may be got off without material injury. The schr. OCEAN, Capt.Davis, was also driven ashore, about 1 1/2 miles north of St. Joseph, and the schr. WAVE at Racine.
      The schrs. VICTORY, MINT, C. CROOKS, NORTH AMERICA, BOLIVAR, HIRAM PIERSON and CLEOPATRA, left Chicago, on Saturday for Grand River and St. Joseph, and it is feared that the violence of the gale has driven them all ashore.
      Daily Courier & Economist
      March 29, 1844

      From the St. Joseph Commercial Bulletin, March 18. - SEVERE GALE. - At sunrise yesterday morning the wind blew steadily from the southwest, and the lake was comparatively calm, but at 8 o'clock, the wind chopped round to the northeast, almost instantly and commenced blowing a tremendous gale, (which still continues) accompanied with heavy snow squalls. About two o'clock P. M., the wind having veered round to the west, the schooner JEFFERSON, Captain Dougall, was discovered making directly towards the piers, but her sails being torn to ribbons by the gale, and having broken her tiller just as she reached the breakers outside, she was at the mercy of the storm, the violence of which drifted her ashore some rods south of the pier. At this moment the brig ROSA, Capt. Whiting, hove in sight endeavoring to make our harbor, but she being also disabled by the storm went ashore south of the JEFFERSON. Both vessels had cargoes of stone for our harbor, and it is hoped they will be got off without sustaining material injury.
      Too much praise cannot be awarded to Captain Napier, of the brig SCOTT, Capt. Randall, and many of our citizens, for their intrepidity in braving the fury of the storm at the risk of their lives to rescue the passengers and crews from their perilous situations.
      Since the above was written Capt. Davis, of the schooner OCEAN, has arrived in town with his crew and passengers, announcing his vessel ashore about one and a half miles north of this village. No cargo aboard. They also report the schooner WAVE ashore at Racine.
      The schooners VICTORY, MINT, C. CROOKS, NORTH AMERICA, BOLIVAR, HIRAM PIERSON, and CLEOPATRA, left Chicago on Saturday for Grand River and St. Joseph, and it is feared that the violence of the gale has driven them ashore.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      March 30, 1844

SEVERE GALE. -- A severe gale was experienced on Lake Michigan on the 17th inst, by which much damage was done to the shipping, and it is supposed some lives lost. The schooners VICTORY and NANCY DOUSMAN, have probably gone to the bottom, crews and all. The brig ROSA, and schooners JEFFERSON, OCEAN and WAVE, were lost; crews saved. All the other vessels that were out succeeded in getting into port, though many were much damaged. -- Grand Rapids Enq.
      Detroit Free Press
      Saturday, April 6, 1844

      March 17 - Schooner OCEAN 2nd. Davis, master, ashore two miles north of St. Joseph; crew saved. Vessel 70 tons. Loss $1,500.
      Lake Disasters of 1844
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      February 8, 1845

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OCEAN, Schooner, lost Lake Michigan 1844.
      from Hist., of the Great Lakes
      by Mansfield Vol.1 p. 868

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The St. Joseph Bulletin mentions that the schooner OCEAN has been got off the beach, and taken to Milwaukee for repairs.
      Buffalo Daily Gazette
      April 20, 1844

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      The schooner OCEAN, stated in our last to be in a hopeless condition on the beach about a mile and a half north of this port, we are happy to perceive has been got off, and left day before yesterday for Milwaukee to make repairs. -- St. Jo. Bulletin.
      Detroit Free Press
      Wednesday, April 17, 1844

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $1,500
Remarks: Got off
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.10976 Longitude: -86.48002
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Ocean (Schooner), aground, 17 Mar 1844