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Windham (Schooner), aground, 17 Apr 1844

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April 16 - Schooner WINDHAM, Sheppard, master, ashore at Chicago; 10,000 bushels of wheat on board, one third of which was lost; vessel got off and repaired; loss $2,500.
      Lake Disasters of 1844
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      February 8, 1845

      Chicago, April 17, 1844 - Last night brought on a violent storm very suddenly, and fears are entertained for several vessels that sailed immediately before. The schooner WINDHAM sailed at six o'clock with 10,000 bushels of wheat...shipped at W. L. Whiting, insured by Bristol and Porter at 70 cents and the vessel also by them, it is said for $7,000. She is ashore on the north pier, and much damaged. The wheat will likely be lost.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      April 22, 1844 3 - 3

LAKE INTELLIGENCE.- Tuesday April 23.- SCHOONER "WINDHAM" STRANDED. From a letter received yesterday, by Philo Durfee, Esq. dated Chicago April 17, 10 o'clock A. M. We learn that the Schooner WINDHAM with a cargo of 9,500 bushels of wheat, shipped to the care of Philo Durfee, was stranded at the north pier of that place in an attempt to return to port. She sailed from Chicago on the 16th. at about 4 o'clock P. M., and at about 8, a sudden squall came up, which shortly increased to a gale, and she was obliged to bear up, and in attempting to enter the harbor, (for the want of a light on the end of the pier) struck the flats, north of the pier, where she remained on the 17th. The rudder and steer post was started, and she was making a good deal of water--there being three and a half feet in the hold, at 10 o'clock. The letter states that it was feared that she would prove a total loss, although some of the wheat might be saved. The cargo of the WINDHAM was insured in two offices for $6,450
      Buffalo Daily Gazette
      April 23, 1844

The BUNKER HILL, Capt. Stannard is just in from Chicago. We are indebted to Mr. Winslow for the following:
Sailed Chicago, April 10. Left in port ready to sail: Schrs. JOHN GRANT, GAZELLE, MARSHALL, A. BARTON, KINNE, MARENGO and SCIOTO for Buffalo. Sailed, 17th, schrs. ROANOKE and AMAZON for Michigan City, to load. Left port for Michigan City, brig BURLINGTON and Schrs. VELOCITY and DOLPHIN. Waiting for cargoes, schrs. HUDSON, CREVOLIN, PHILADELPHIA, LA SALLE, POTOMAC. For St. Joseph, brigs M. OLIVER and HOOSIER. For Racine, brig A. WINSLOW and schr. SAVANNAH, to finish loading. Schr. NAVIGATOR was taking cargo from schr. WINDHAM; the WINDHAM went ashore on the night of the 17th in a gale to the westward of the pier; vessel bilged; had 9,500 bushels wheat, one half would be saved, balance damaged; the vessel will be got off; vessel and cargo insured. The W. G. BUCKNOR is ashore at Southport; vessel total wreck; no cargo. Brig St. LOUIS has been aground on North Manitou Island; threw overboard 200 barrels pork and 400 barrels flour; part of the flour was picked up by brig RICHMOND and schr. BALDWIN.
Passed off South Passage, 20th inst, brig St. LOUIS bound down; off Thunder Bay, schr. GAZELLE, bound up. 30 miles above Fort Gratiot, propeller HERCULES, bound up. St. Clair river, schrs. BALTIMORE, CHICKALONI, and HARVE, bound up. Lake St. Clair, brig ASHLAND and schr. MARION, bound up, and schr. FAVORITE bound down.
      Cargo - 20 barrels seed, 41 boxes candles, 4 packages beeswax, 2 casks hardware, 200 hides, 32 bales wool, 50 kegs lard for Joy & Webster.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      April 23, 1844 3 - 4

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      The WINDHAM has been got off; about half her cargo reshipped to Buffalo in good order; the damaged portion sold on Friday for the benefit of the underwriters at 27 1/2 , 30 and 35 cents per bushel and was well sold. --- Chicago American, April 23.
      Daily Courier & Economist
      April 30, 1844

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $2,500
Cargo: included
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Got off
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
William R. McNeil
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Windham (Schooner), aground, 17 Apr 1844