The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Milwaukie (Ship), aground, 16 Oct 1939

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STORM ON LAKE MICHIGAN.---The Chicago American of Oct. 21st. says "A violent wind commenced blowing on the night of Thursday last, and raged during the three following days into the severest storm that we have had this season. The MADISON left here that night, but returned on Saturday night, after getting as far as Milwaukee, where she lost or broke her only remaining anchor - she having left her other one at Skilagee, on her last trip up. She starts again today. The ship MILWAUKEE, we learn is ashore up north, near Little Fort, forty or fifty miles. It is reported the NEW ENGLAND in crossing Saginaw Bay lost one of her wheels. It is also reported that five or six vessels are ashore between this and Michigan City - The VIRGINIA, Brig JOHN KENZIE, WHITE PIGEON, &c. It is now quite calm again."
A letter from the Post-Master at Michigan City dated 19th.inst states that the gale the night previous landed the JOHN KENZIE, VIRGINIA, and WHITE PIGEON high and dry on the beach. Of the several vessels lying at anchor, all but the three named, hoisted sail and stood off when the wind changed from south to north
      Cleveland daily Herald
      Monday, October 28, 1839 P.2 col.1

      The ship Milwaukie, driven by the late gale on Lake Michigan "on a tree" according to the Chicago American, has been got off. The ship arrived at Chicago Oct. 30th, somewhat damaged by "treeing."
      Cleveland Daily Herald & Gazette
      Wednesday, November 6, 1839

From the Michigan City Gazette, Oct. 23. -- SEVERE STORM - On Friday night last, Lake Michigan was visited by a severe storm, which has done much damage to the shipping. At this place the brig JOHN KINZIE, schooners VIRGINIA and WHITE PIGEON were driven ashore. One of these vessels had 2200 bushels of wheat aboard, which we fear is much damaged. The ship MILWAUKIE is reported to be ashore at Southport, W. T. and the schooner ILLINOIS between here and Chicago. Owing to circumstances beyond our ken, the harbor at this place is not yet fit for vessels to enter. When we get started fairly, and have time to look around into the reason for this delay.
      Detroit Free press
      Wednesday, November 6, 1839

SEVERE GALE. -- A severe gale was experienced by the shipping on the Lake on Saturday and Sunday last, which endangered the lives of many and occasioned the loss of much property.
The steamboat MADISON arrived here on Saturday, on her way down, but such was the violence of the wind that she was unable to obtain wood for the onward passage, and after withstanding the gale nearly all day, she broke her anchor and was obliged to put back to Chicago, that being the only place of safety which she could hope to reach, where she arrived at about 10 O'clock Saturday evening, with near two feet of water in her lower cabin and several of her state rooms stove in by the raging waters. She returned here again last evening and left during the night for Buffalo.
From Capt. McFadgen we learn that the ship Milwaukee, the brig John Kinzie, the schooners Illinois, Virginia, and three others, are on shore, between this and Michigan City...
      Detroit Free Press
      Wednesday, November 13, 1839

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Remarks: Got off
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 42.36363 Longitude: -87.84479
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Milwaukie (Ship), aground, 16 Oct 1939