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Denmark (Schooner), aground, 10 Oct 1866

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DENMARK Schooner, cargo lumber, ashore north of Gross Point, October 1866. Got off. Property loss $2,300
      Casualty List for 1866---Buffalo
      Commercial Advertiser, Feb. 26, 1867

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DENMARK Schooner of 169 Tons, owned at Chicago by Rand & Co. Bound from Oconto to Chicago, went ashore near Chicago, cargo of lumber lost. October 1866. Loss to ship $2,600 insurance $1,200 loss to cargo $7,500 insurance $5,000
      Marine Casualties on the great Lakes
      1863-1873 U. S. Coast Guard Report

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WRECK OF THE SCHOONER DENMARK. - About noon yesterday, a despatch was received on 'Change which stated that a vessel was ashore between Evanston and Winetka, and asking for assistance. One hundred and fifty dollars were at once subscribed, and at 1 o'clock p.m. the tug MOSHER, and nine men, under command of Harbor Master Harvey, attended by a life boat, proceeded to the scene of the disaster. The MOSHER encountered a severe sea going out, and had great difficulty in reaching the wrecked vessel. When the MOSHER approached within a short distance of the wreck, she sent out the life boat to her assistance. The distressed vessel proved to be the schooner DENMARK, Captain Wallace Adams. She came from Green Bay, and was bound to Chicago with a load of lumber. A heavy gale stranded her, two miles below Evanston, and she now lies at the point in a very precarious situation. The life boat, from the MOSHER, after braving a boisterous sea succeeded in tackling the DENMARK, and the captain and crew of the wrecked schooner were offered relief from their perilous situation. Strange to say, they refused to leave the vessel, notwithstanding their lives were in imminent danger. The waves were dashing over the deck of the DENMARK, and every moment the life boat remained near her she stood in great peril. Harbor Master Faith, on this account, was forced to abandon the obstinate captain and crew, and leave them to their fate. The DENMARK up to the last accounts was lying in her old position, with the waves dashing over her deck. The MOSHER returned to the city about 6 o'clock yesterday afternoon. - Chicago Tribune, 11th.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Saturday, October 13, 1866

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      ARRIVAL OF THE SCHOONER DENMARK. - This vessel, which became water logged, and beached about 16 miles from this city, arrived here yesterday in tow of the tug UNION. Her frame and stanchions on the starboard side are damaged considerably, and her midship stove in. She is in the Home and Aetna Insurance Companies hands, and was owned by Cookright, Anderson & Lorison, of this city. - Chicago Tribune.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Thursday, October 18, 1866

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      Work was commenced this morning by the Home Insurance Company of getting the lumber out of the schooner DENMARK. Steam pumps were placed on board of her, and she will in all probability be raised in a few days. - Chicago Tribune, 19th.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Monday, October 22, 1866

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Reason: aground
Hull damage: $2,300
Freight: lumber
Remarks: Got off
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 42.07892 Longitude: -87.72256
William R. McNeil
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Denmark (Schooner), aground, 10 Oct 1866