The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Adriatic (Schooner), U547, sunk, abandoned, 14 Jun 1886

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The old schooner ADRIATIC, which sank in Chicago harbor on Saturday, made a voyage to Boston, Mass., with staves, in 1859, commanded by Capt. J.B. Hall.
      The Saginaw Courier
      June 17, 1886

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      All that remains of the old schooner ADRIATIC has been sold to a junk dealer for $60. For ten years after she came off the stocks she was considered one of the fastest boats on the lakes. She was built at Ashtabula, Ohio, at Thayer's yard in the spring of 1856, and cost $22,000. Since then the schooner has paid for herself a hundred times. Last May Frank Johnson of Chicago bought the boat for $100. A survey was made upon her and it was ascertained that the old hulk was irreclaimable as a money making institution. The junk man will dismantle her, have her towed out into the lake, scuttled and sunk.
      The Marine Record
      Thursday, September 22, 1887

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Schooner ADRIATIC. U. S. No. 547. Of 129.11 tons gross; 122.66 tons net. Built Ashtabula, Ohio, 1857. Home port, Chicago, Ill. 102.1 x 23.0 x 8.4
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885
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Reason: sunk, abandoned
Lives: nil
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
William R. McNeil
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Adriatic (Schooner), U547, sunk, abandoned, 14 Jun 1886