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R. Winslow (Brig), aground, 25 Nov 1841


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PORT OF CHICAGO. - Nov. 27. Arrived. Schr. FRANKLIN from Buffalo
The Brig WINSLOW and schooners JEFFERSON and MANITOWOC are ashore about 17 miles north of this city. - American.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Friday, December 10, 1841

      ALSO

      LOSS OF THE BRIG WINSLOW. --- We regret to learn that the Brig RICHARD WINSLOW Captain Beckwith, was driven ashore about 18 miles from Chicago, on or about the 25th. of Nov. The WINSLOW was bound up with a cargo principally from this port consisting of iron, furniture, &c. She had landed some of her freight at Milwaukee, and as there is no harbor at that point, the Brig was compelled to stand off when the gale came on. So severe was it, that both her masts were carried away before she struck. No loss of lives. An insurance of $4,000 on the vessel, in Buffalo.
The letter bringing the intelligence of the loss of the WINSLOW, states that two vessels are ashore in sight of Chicago. No names are given. It is reported that the Brigs ILLINOIS and OSCEOLA are among the wrecked on Lake Michigan. --- Herald
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Friday, December 10, 1841 3 - 6

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The Wrecks -- The Chicago American of Nov. 27th, says the brig WINSLOW and Schrs. JEFFERSON and MANITOWOC are ashore about 17 miles north of that city. By a letter from Capt. Beckwith to the owners, we learn that about half of the cargo of the WINSLOW has been got out and taken to Chicago. The sails of the brig had come ashore about nine miles from Chicago. The keel of the brig was knocked out, and two feet water in the hold.
      Detroit Free Press
      Monday, December 13, 1841

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      DISASTERS OF THE GALE. -- The Conneaut Gazette says the brig RICHARD WINSLOW, Capt. Beckwith, and the schooner JEFFERSON, are ashore about 17 miles north of Chicago, about half of the cargo of the WINSLOW had been got out and taken to Chicago. The brig was new last spring, and owned in Cleveland.
      Erie Gazette
      December 17, 1841



.SEVERE GALE ON LAKE MICHIGAN. -- The gale on Thursday last, was one of the most severe that has visited Lake Michigan for a number of years. The Milwaukee fleet, as our citizens proudly termed the very respectable number of schooners and sloops that were owned here and principally engaged in the lumber trade, has met with a severe loss. All of them, except the COLUMBIA and the SAVANNAH were caught out of the port by the gale, and all but two driven ashore. Some of them will be got off without suffering material injury, but many of them will be nearly, if not entirely destroyed. The following is, as far as heard, a correct list of the Upper Lake craft, that was injured by the gale:
      Schr. JEFFERSON, driven ashore near Chicago.
      " .OCEAN, do do do do
      " WAVE. do do do do
      " DOLPHIN, do do. do Racine.
      " McFARLANE, do do do do
      " MANITOWOC, do do Southport.
      " MEMEE, do do Milwaukee.
      " WENONAH, do do do do
Sloop BLACK HAWK do do do do
The Schr. HENRY NORTON, and the brigs FRANCIS MILLS, and OSCEOLA, heavily laden with merchandise from the lower Lakes, were also caught out in the gale. The NORTON, and OSCEOLA, rode out with safety. The WINSLOW was ashore at Gros Point, 17 miles below Chicago, and is said, will prove a total loss. The WINSLOW was discharging her loading at this place when the gale struck her.
When it is considered that all this sacrifice of property, and perhaps of life, has been occasioned by the want of harbors on Lake Michigan, surely have not the people that live around it, and are interested in its navigation, good grounds for complaining that the past course of Congress about the harbor appropriations? And have they not, too, just cause for hoping that the sore neglect with which they have been treated, will be bountifully atoned for at the ensuing session. -- Courier.
      A letter from Capt. Beckwith, of the WINSLOW, says that about half of the cargo had been got out and taken to Chicago.. The sails of the brig had come ashore about nine miles from Chicago. The keel of the brig was knocked out, and two feet of water in the hold.- - Buffalo Com. Adv.
      Erie Gazette
      December 23, 1841


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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $4,000
Freight: iron, furniture
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
1841
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McN.W.13264
Language of Item:
English
Geographic Coverage:
  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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R. Winslow (Brig), aground, 25 Nov 1841