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Francis Mills (Brig), aground, 3 Nov 1845

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We gather from our exchanges the following summery of the disasters of the late northeast gale. A brig resembling the OWANUNGAH, is ashore at Madison, Ohio; also a fore-and-aft schooner, with white bottom, black bulwarks and a new mainmast, is beached at Chagrin. The lower lakes schooner CALEDONIA is ashore at Cleveland. The brig F. MILLS and the schooner AURORA BOREALIS, at Huron Pier. The extent of the damage sustained by these vessels is unknown. The steamer FRANKLIN, in attempting to enter Cleveland, got foul of the west pier. One of her wheels was entirely carried away, the wheel house and guards much shattered, and her false sides broken in. The hull and cargo of the boat are otherwise uninjured. A man was crowed or jumped overboard from the FRANKLIN, but was fortunately washed upon the pier and thus saved.
      Erie Weekly Gazette
      November 13, 1845 3-5
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      The high winds of Sunday night, appear to have had quite a disastrous effect upon the shipping above. The following is an extract from a letter dated:
      Port Huron, Ohio, Nov. 3.
"The Brig UNCLE SAM, Schrs. FLYING DUTCHMAN, EAGLE, ARGUS, BOSTON, LUMBERMAN, WABASH and ALPS, arrived here today. Four vessels were driven on shore here at 3:00 this morning, viz: Brig FRANCIS MILLS, Schr. AURORA BOREALIS, and two other topsail schooners, names not known.
      Daily National Pilot, Buffalo
      Thursday, November 6, 1845

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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.39505 Longitude: -82.55517
William R. McNeil
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Francis Mills (Brig), aground, 3 Nov 1845