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William Woodbridge (Schooner), freshet, 12 Mar 1849


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TERRIBLE FLOOD AT CHICAGO
      [ 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 WOODBRIDGE, caught in a spring freshet at Chicago, dated March 12, 1849. Vessel damaged about $500.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Monday, March 26, 1849 p.2



LAKE INTELLIGENCE. - The Chicago Democrat of April 7 states that the brig JOHN HANCOCK, loaded with wheat, grounded between the piers at Chicago in endeavoring to leave that port for Buffalo. After unloading part of her cargo she was able to get off the same evening.
      The schooner L.P. HILLIARD in going between the piers at Chicago on the same evening, grounded on the bar, but was got off without difficulty.
      The schooner Wm. WOODBRIDGE, at the same port, has been hauled up on the ways for repairs.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Thursday, April 13, 1848
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      THE FLOOD AT CHICAGO - FULL PARTICULARS
      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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Reason: freshet
Hull damage: $500
Remarks: Repaired
Date of Original:
1849
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McN.W.13899
Language of Item:
English
  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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William Woodbridge (Schooner), freshet, 12 Mar 1849