The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Henry Norton (Schooner), sunk by 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 HENRY NORTON, caught in the spring freshet at Chicago, March 12, 1849
and damaged badly, considered a total wreck.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Thursday, March 22, 1849 p.2

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The Chicago Democrat of the 16th. states that the schooner H. NORTON, wrecked at the end of the pier, has been raised and floated up the river for repairs.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Wednesday, April 25, 1849

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The schooner HENRY NORTON, rescued from the late wreck, is now in the hands of the ships carpenters and nearly ready for sea again. ----- Chicago Journal
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Thursday, April 26, 1849 p.2

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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
William R. McNeil
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Henry Norton (Schooner), sunk by freshet, 12 Mar 1849