The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Whirlwind (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 WHIRLWIND, caught in a spring freshet at Chicago, March 12, 1849, and sunk.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Thursday, March 22, 1849 p.2

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      REPAIRING THE DAMAGE. - The WHIRLWIND will, as soon as the necessary arrangements can be made, be floated up stream, drawn out upon the 'ways' and repaired. She has an ugly hole in her side, but the skill of the carpenter will easily repair it. - Chicago Tribune, March 27.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Saturday, April 7, 1849

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      The Chicago Democrat of the 16th. states that the schooner WHIRLWIND has been raised high and dry by Messrs. Dolittle and Miller's floating dry dock for repairs.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Wednesday, April 25, 1849 p.2

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Reason: freshet
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
William R. McNeil
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Whirlwind (Schooner), freshet, 12 Mar 1849