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Sweepstakes (Schooner), gale damage, 1 Oct 1866

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SWEEPSTAKES Schooner, lost her foremast, sails and rigging in the Straits, October 1866; was towed to Chicago. Property loss $3,000
      Casualty List for 1866---Buffalo
      Commercial Advertiser, Feb. 26, 1867

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SWEEPSTAKES Schooner of 310 Tons, owned at Chicago by Gerritt & Co. Bound from Buffalo to Chicago was dismasted in a gale on Lake Michigan, October 1866. Loss to ship $800 insurance $600
      Marine Casualties on the Great Lakes
      1863-1873 U. S. Coast Guard Report

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      Capt. Price of the propeller NORMAN, reports passing the schooner SWEEPSTAKES, with her foremast and everything forward gone. She was running before the gale and probably brought up in the Straits all right. - Milwaukee Wisconsin
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Thursday, October 25, 1866

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THE SOUTHEASTER. - The storm from the southeast, on Thursday, was severely felt along the west shore. The lake is said to have been quite as rough as it was on the east shore during the gale on Monday.
      The Canadian tug METAMORA was coming up the lake with three vessels in tow - the barks CLYDE and SIR E.W. HEAD, and the schooner SWEEPSTAKES, the latter dismasted - and when about 30 miles N.E. of Milwaukee, was obliged to abandon them and seek shelter. She came into our harbor Thursday evening, and remained until yesterday morning, when she started out to search for the missing vessels. During the afternoon the bark CLYDE came in under sail. The rest have not yet been heard from.
- Milwaukee Sentinel.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Tuesday, October 30, 1866

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Reason: gale damage
Hull damage: $3,000
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William R. McNeil
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Sweepstakes (Schooner), gale damage, 1 Oct 1866