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Amelia (Schooner), capsized, 15 May 1856

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Schooner AMELIA, capsized in gale on Lake Michigan. Property loss, hull $400.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      January 31, 1857 (1856 casualty list)

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      The little schooner AMELIA, Capt. Milan, from Waukegan to Muskegan, on Thursday evening, when one hour out, capsized. The captain and crew clung to the centre-board about four hours, and were picked up by the schooner WILLIAM STURGES, and carried to Chicago.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      May 22, 1856

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      CAPSIZED AND SUNK. - Capt. Wm. C. Milon, of the schooner AMELIA, left Waukegan at about nine o'clock Thursday evening, bound for Muskegon with a cargo of shingle bolts. At ten o'clock a squall struck her and threw her on her beam ends, in which position she lay about a minute and then capsized. There were two men on board beside the captain - Robt. Gleat and Frederick Watson. The three hung on to the center board of the schooner, which was down, for three hours and a half. Six vessels passed them, but they could not make any of the persons on board hear until the schr. WILLIAM STURGIS passed. The STURGIS succeeded, after tacking about for almost an hour, in picking off the sufferers and bringing them to this city. Gleat is quite an old man, and did not stand the cold and spray as well as the others. He was taken to the Marine Hospital on Saturday last. Captain Hackett is the commander of the STURGIS. - Chicago Journal, 19.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      May 21, 1856

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Reason: capsized
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $400
Freight: shingle bolts
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 42.36363 Longitude: -87.84479
William R. McNeil
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Amelia (Schooner), capsized, 15 May 1856