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Lady Ann (Schooner), aground, 1 Jan 1855

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SLOOP LOST PROBABLY. ---- The storm at the west seems to have been of great severity. The Chicago papers state that during its continuance a sloop, bound for Racine, which had cleared from the first named port, on Saturday, appeared off the harbor, after which she disappeared, and no traces of her were afterwards discovered. It is supposed that she foundered with all on board.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Friday, January 26, 1855

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      SAFETY OF THE "LADY ANN" ON LAKE MICHIGAN.---We published, a few days since, an account of the supposed loss of a small vessel seen drifting at the mercy of the storm, on Lake Michigan, and said to be the LADY ANN, of racine. It appears that the little vessel went ashore near New Buffalo, but that the crew were saved by walking upon the ice to the beach. The steam dredge belonging to Mr.Durfee, of Chicago, also beached at the same time and place. It is hoped the latter will be saved, but the schooner will probably go to pieces.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Tuesday, January 30, 1855

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      The Chicago press of the 24th. says that Mr. Hatch, owner of the vessel which was riding off this harbor in the terrible storm of Sunday, arrived in the city from Racine last evening, and received the welcome intelligence that her crew had all landed safely at New Buffalo. There were only three persons on board. The vessel drifted with the ice, and when the ice became lodged on the shore, the men escaped over it to land. The vessel had a cargo of wood and barrels, and will probably be broken to pieces. The escape of the men is little short of miraculous.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Thursday, February 1, 1855

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HARBOR OPENED.---We learn from The Racine Advocate, that the harbor at that port is now open, and that the UNION and the LADY ANN are now running to and from Chicago. In fact, the LADY ANN has scarcely hauled off this winter, having been out two weeks in the heavy storms of January, the incidents of which we published some weeks since. ----- - Milwaukee Wisconsin
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Thursday, March 15, 1855

WINTER CRUISING ON LAKE MICHIGAN. - The Chicago Democratic Press gives a thrilling account of the perils and adventures of Capt. Eason and a sailor named Van Doozen, while rescuing the sloop LADY ANN, which our readers will recollect broke from her moorings and went adrift on Lake Michigan, some time since. For ten days they were exposed to the severest cold, encompassed by ice which every moment threatened to crush their frail craft, accompanied by heavy gales of wind and snow. Most of the time they were unable to see land, but fortunately drifted into the neighborhood of Chicago harbor, which they finally entered in safety after incredible suffering. It was a feat worthy the courage of an American sailor.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      February 16, 1855

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: wood, barrels
Remarks: Got off
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 41.79393 Longitude: -86.74392
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Lady Ann (Schooner), aground, 1 Jan 1855