The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Nicaragua (Schooner), aground, abandoned, 1864

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MOTICE TO MARINERS - The Harbor Master of Chicago has issued the following instructions to vessel captains which we find in the Tribune.
      Vessels in entering Chicago harbor should open the mouth of the river, keeping the center of the same in range, as the bar from the end of the north pier has made out some 300 ft. southeast. There is a spile driven alongside of the sunken wreck NICARAGUA, which is 200 ft. from the channel of the north end of the south bar, in place of the buoy, which was carried away.
      Erie Daily Dispatch
      Friday, October 18, 1867

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      The schooner NICARAGUA which sank inside of Chicago harbor piers 9 years ago, was raised on Tuesday last and towed outside the North Pier where she was again allowed to sink.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Thursday, August 19, 1875

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      The wreck of the old NICARAUGUA,which has been stranded on the bar of Chicago harbour since 1864, was successfully removed from the south basin inside of the new Government pier, where it has been lying ever since, and was taken up on the beach north of the north pier. The job was done by A. C. Vandecar, on the Government account and it is understood he received $3,700 for the work.
Several parties previously attempted to remove the wreck, but always had to abandon the job.
      Toronto Globe
      Monday, August 23
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      "The NICARAGUA was lost at the mouth of Chicago Harbor in 1864"
      Chicago Inter Ocean
      Monday, November 18, 1878 (part)

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Reason: aground, abandoned
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
William R. McNeil
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Nicaragua (Schooner), aground, abandoned, 1864