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
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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
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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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Brig JOHN KENZIE, of Detroit. Built Black River, Ohio 1833 by B.B. & W. Jones. Managing owner, Josiah R. Door, Captain, R.C. Bristol. One deck, Two masts, 116.57 tons. 4.3 x 22.6 x 7.11. Scroll head. Date of issue June 21, 1833
Port of Detroit Enrollment
No. 8 of 1833
Brig JOHN KENZIE, of Detroit. Built Black River, Ohio 1833 by B.B. & W. Jones. Managing owner, Pease, Chester & Co. Captain, - - - - . One deck, Two masts, 116.57 tons. 4.3 x 22.6 x 7.11. Scroll head. Date of issue April 18, 1837 - New Owners
Port of Detroit Enrollment
No. 10 of 1837
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VESSELS WRECKED ON LAKE MICHIGAN.
The Chicago Journal gives the following statement, showing the number of vessels lost on Lake Michigan; their value, and the value of their cargoes when known; and the number of lives lost, from 1824 to 1847.
Schooner LAWRENCE, 1824. $3,000
Schooner RED JACKET, 1826. 2,000
(here follows an interval of 7 years during which vessels must have been lost; but the record is not found.)
Schooner ERIE PACKET, Dec. 1833 1,500
Schooner PRINCE EUGENE, Oct. 1834 27,000
Steamboat NEWBURYPORT, Oct. 1834 15,000
Steamboat PIONEER, Aug. 1834 10,000
Schooner name forgotten, 1835 2,000 Green Bay.
Schooner UTICA, 1835 7,000
Schooner CHANCE, Nov. 1835 7 lives 2,000
Schooner BRIDGET, Nov. 1835 16 lives 5,000
Schooner SLOAN, Nov. 1835 6 lives 3,000
Steamboat DELAWARE, Apr. 1835 20,000
Sloop CLARISSA, Nov. 1836 1,500
Schooner CHICAGO, Oct. 1836 8,000
Schooner AUSTERLITZ, Oct. 1836 12,000 vessel and goods
Schooner OHIO, Oct. 1837 6,000
Schooner LaPORTE, Oct. 1838 3,000
Schooner THOS. RICHMOND, Oct. 1838 6,000
Schooner LaFAYETTE, Oct. 1838 3,000
Schooner WHITE PIGEON, Nov. 1839 3,000
* Brig JOHN KENZIE, Nov. 1839 3,000
Steamboat DETROIT, Aug. 1839 20,000
Schooner VIRGINIA, Nov. 1839 7,000 wheat
Steamboat TAYLOR, Oct. 1840 8,000
Steamboat CHAMPLAIN, May 1840 10,000
Schooner NEPTUNE, Nov. 1840 24 lives 15,000 goods
Schooner CINCINNATI Oct. 1840 1,500
Schooner JEFFERSON Apr. 1840 1,800
Schooner HURON Oct. 1840 2,000
Schooner POST BOY Oct. 1841 13 lives 1,000 goods
Sloop SPITFIRE Oct. 1841 500
Schooner ONEIDA Nov. 1841 20,000 wheat
Schooner BANCROFT Nov. 1842 4,000
Ship MILWAUKEE Nov. 1842 9 lives 10,000
Ship FLORIDA, Nov. 1842 4,000
Brig COLUMBUS, Nov. 1842 12,000 wheat
Brig HUMMINGBIRD. May 1843 6 lives 1,000
Schooner HARRIET, May 1843 8 lives 2,500
Schooner MINERVA SMITH, May 1844 1,000
Schooner WAVE, March 1844 5 lives 1,000
Schooner VICTORY, March 1844 7 lives 2,000
Schooner WHITNEY, Aug. 1844 6 lives 2,000
Ship SUPERIOR, Sept. 1845 5,000
Schooner JACOB BARKER, Nov. 1845 2,000
Brig OLIVER, Nov. 1845 2,000
Schooner OCEAN, Apr. 1845 6 lives 1,000
Schooner SAVANNAH, Apr. 1845 5,000
Schooner JEFFERSON, Apr. 1845 4,500
Brig INDIANA, Oct. 1845 4,000
Schooner SWIFT, Oct. 1845 600
Brig ROSA, Oct. 1845 8,000
Schooner MARGARET HELM Nov. 1845 1,500
Steamboat BOSTON, Nov. 1846 70,000
Sloop JAMES K. POLK Nov. 1846 1,000
Schooner ----?---- Nov. 1846 4,000
Sloop RODOLPH, Nov. 1846 4 lives 400
Schooner St. JOSEPH, Apr. 1847 1,000
Schooner SOLOMON JUNEAU Apr. 1847 4,000
Schooner MARY ELIZABETH Apr. 1847 2,000
Schooner WISCONSIN, Apr. 1847 1,500
Schooner OUTWARD BOUND Oct. 1847 2,000
Schooner ILLINOIS, Nov. 1847 5,000 Green Bay
Propeller PHOENIX Nov. 1847 164 lives 80,000
Schooner CHAMPION Nov. 1847 15,000
Schooner E.G. WOOLCOTT, Nov. 1847 10,000
Schooner H. MERRILL, Nov. 1847 10,000
Total Value $512,000
Total number of lives lost 288
Wednesday, February 9, 1848
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