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America (Schooner), aground, 15 Nov 1841


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DISASTER ON THE LAKE.--We learn from the Niles Republican, that the schooner AMERICA, which had been loaded at St. Joseph, went ashore about 20 miles below that place on the morning of the 15th. inst. Her cargo which was insured, consisting of produce, was lost, but the crew saved. She was an old vessel, of 60 tons, and belonged to S.W. Hawes, of this city.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Wednesday, November 24, 1841 p.2 col.1

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Disasters on the Lake.-- We regret to learn that the schooner AMERICA which had been loaded at St. Joseph, went ashore about twenty miles below that place on Monday morning last. Her cargo consisting of produce was lost, but the crew was saved. The cargo was insured. She was a 60 ton vessel, and we learn quite old. - Niles Rep.
      Detroit Daily Advertiser
      November 24, 1841

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Dear Sir.
      I reached here on Sunday and on Monday went to St. Joseph's. The schooner AMERICA. sprung a leak off Kalamazoo, on Sunday, and ran back to within 8 miles of St. Joseph, when finding the water gaining on them the crew ran her ashore and saved themselves by swimming. She was loaded by Wheeler & Porter, with flour belonging to Hawks & Ballantier, and 40 barrels of pork on deck for S. Dodge & Co. She has gone to pieces, and it was thought that the pork would be saved, and also the flour badly damaged. (part of letter)
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Friday, November 26, 1841 p.3 col.7

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MEMORANDA.---The AMERICA is a total wreck, I shall do all I can to save her cargo (part)
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Monday, November 29, 1841 p.2 col.6

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Absent Vessels. -The wintery aspect which the weather has assumed, has created some anxiety for the vessels now absent on the upper lakes. The following extract of a letter received to-day by Messrs. Geo. Davis & Co., contains the latest intelligence: Buff. Adv.
      NILES, November 18. "Dear Sir:- I reached here on Sunday and on Monday went to St. Joseph and returned last evening. I found at St. Joseph the ships Milwaukie and Superior, and the schooners Baldwin and Amazon, loading, and the brig Illinois aground on the middle ground in the river and not off when I left. The schooner America sprung a leak off Kalamazoo on Sunday, and run back to within about eight miles of St. Joseph, when finding the water gaining on them the crew run her ashore and saved themselves by swimming. She was loaded by Wheeler and Porter with flour belonging to Hawks and Ballastier, and 40 bbls pork on deck for S. Dodge & Co. She had gone to pieces and it was thought the pork would be saved, and also the flour badly damaged. The Superior took on 2,500 bushels wheat at Chicago, and when I left had on about 1,500 bbls. flour, the balance of her cargo she in tended to take off tin lighters as she had as much as she could get out with. She was waiting for a wind to get out and run the other vessels.
      Detroit Free Press
      Monday, December 6, 1841


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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: produce
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
1841
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Local identifier:
McN.W.13262
Language of Item:
English
  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.10976 Longitude: -86.48002
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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America (Schooner), aground, 15 Nov 1841