The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Alps (Schooner), lightning, 31 Aug 1844

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THE STORM. --- about 11 o'clock on Saturday night, we were visited by a terrible gust of wind, accompanied with lightning, rain and hail. The storm swept from the west and spending about two hours of its fury upon our city, passed off to the eastward across the lake. The lightning played many fantastic tricks in our midst. A portion of the fluid struck the fore-top mast of the schooner ALPS, moored at the point, shattering it to splinters, and passing over the iron band which secured the spar, it skipped lightly down the mast and left the vessel by following the chain cable and doing no particular damage. ------- Chicago Journal
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Saturday, September 7, 1844

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Reason: lightning
Lives: nil
Remarks: Damaged slight
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
William R. McNeil
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Alps (Schooner), lightning, 31 Aug 1844