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Amanda Harwood (Schooner), freshet, 12 Mar 1849

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      [ By Speed's Line ]
      Chicago, March 13. -- The damage done by the flood to commerce alone, is over $100,000. Brig St. LOUIS sunk, hull entire loss. Schooner NORTON and DIAMOND, broke into. Brig EUROPE, sides stove in and sunk, loaded with salt. Schooner WHIRLWIND, sides stove in and sunk. Brigs, ASHLAND and GEN. WORTH, Schooners H. HAGER and others badly damaged. GEN. WARNER sunk. It is impossible to ascertain the amount of damage.
Verssels, propellers, Steamers, all jammed in, and some top of each other. Water rising, and great fears entertained of further damage. All canal boats with the exception of one or two, entirely destroyed or gone into the lake.
      Several vessels gone outside, and anchored in the lake. One or two lives lost by falling spars.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      March 14, 1849

      Schooner HARWOOD, caught in a spring freshet at Chicago, dated March 12, 1849, and damaged about $1,000.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Monday, March 26, 1849 p.2

      The Chicago Tribune, of the 15th instant, says: "The work of drawing the vessels out of the jam is still progressing. The AMANDA HARWOOD and HENRY HAGAR were got out yesterday afternoon. Large numbers are employed at the pulleys, and many others are attracted thither by the novelty and interest of the occasion. The scene, although a sad one, is nevertheless animated and exciting. The two coffins mentioned as having been seen floating down the river on Tuesday morning, are supposed to have been from a small grave yard on the North Branch, in the Wabansia Addition. The water probably washed away the banks, and thus removed the dead from their resting place. The HIRAM PEARSON, said to have been lost, is safe at the dock, with only the loss of her main boom, and trifling damage to her bulwarks.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      March 27, 1849
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      The Cleveland Herald of 21st says: Mr. J. F. Warner, of that city, left Chicago on the 17th instant, and reaching Detroit in time for the ARROW, arrived here last evening. He furnishes us with some interesting facts in reference to the great flood. The injuries to the different vessels and steamers are at a low estimate, as follows:
      Steamer WARD, damaged $300
      " PACIFIC, " $300
      " GLOBE, " $700
Propeller GENERAL TAYLOR, Bow stove in and one wheel in $2,000
      " ONTARIO, damaged $1,500
Barque UTICA, " $700
Brig ASHLAND, " $1,500
      " EUROPE, went out to the end of the pier and sunk $3,000
      " MARY, damaged $700
      " WORTH, " $500
      " LOWELL, " $500
      " ST. LOUIS, " $1,200
      " SCAMMON, " $900
Schooner**HARWOOD, damaged $1,000 **
      " EXCELSIOR, " $1,500
      " OLEANDER, high and dry, bow stove in. $1,000
      " WALTON, (injured) sunk, mast and bulwarks gone $2,000
      " WOODBRIDGE, damaged $500
      " DIAMOND, went under the jam and came out below, swept to the deck, and
      immediately sunk. $2,000
      " WILLIAM, $1,000
      " H. HAGAR $800
      " VERMONT, $300
      " BUKNER, $800
      " BUENA VISTA $300
      Some thirty canal boats were destroyed, valued at $1,000 to $2,000, the major part worth the latter price. The loss sustaine by the city in bridges alone is $40,000, and the entire amount of the loss sustained by the flood at Chicago cannot be less than $115,000.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Tuesday, March 27, 1849
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      THE WRECKED VESSELS:- Yesterday unremitting exertions were made all day to
disengage the vessels from their perilous positions. Although hundreds of men were hard at work the whole forenoon, but a few scows and a large quantity of drift wood could be got out.
      In the afternoon, however, two vessels were hauled out, viz; the schooner A. HARWOOD and schooner H. HAGAR.
      The A. HARWOOD is considerably damaged in her upper works, and has lost her bowsprit, and all her other spars except main and foremasts.
      The HAGAR is a new vessel. Her bow is somewhat broken, her bow-sprit is gone, but her fore and mainmasts are standing. - Chicago Dem., March 15.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Wednesday, March 28, 1849

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Reason: freshet
Hull damage: $1,000
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    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
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Amanda Harwood (Schooner), freshet, 12 Mar 1849