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Erie (Schooner), aground, 3 Oct 1836

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Correspondence Daily Com. Adv.
      Office American, Chicago, Oct. 4.'36
      GENTLEMEN. - We have had a terrible blow, accompanied with rain, hail and snow, commencing Monday afternoon; and continuing till now, (4. P.M.) though somewhat abated. The damage done to vessels has been considerable. The Schr. MARTIN VAN BUREN, has had her bow and stern stove in, and is sunk. Schr. GEN. HARRISON, was run ashore and is full of water, cargo floated out, will probably be got off with little damage to vessel. Schr. ERIE ashore, though is, I believe, still tight. Schr. CELESTE ashore; main-mast gone; otherwise not much injured. Barque DETROIT broke from her moorings along side of the pier, and drifted some few rods before an anchor could be got out. She dragged her anchor some fifty rods further, where she now rides apparently in safety. The Sloop CLARISSA is ashore near New Buffalo; no particulars. [part]
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Friday, October 14, 1836 p.2, c.2

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      It appears considerable damage has been sustained amongst the schooners on Lake Michigan. The schooner CELESTE, belonging to H. Fitzhugh, Esq. Oswego, filled with water, passengers and crew saved; vessel and cargo insured $9,800.
      Kingston Chronicle & Gazette
      October 29, 1836

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      By accounts from Chicago, dated 4th. inst., severe damage was done to the shipping on Lake Michigan and the following vessels are reported ashore:
      Schooners GENERAL HARRISON, CELESTE and ERIE are ashore at Chicago, the
schooner MARTIN VAN BUREN sunk inside the piers at Chicago.
      The brig NORTH CAROLINA is ashore 12 miles above Michigan City, high and dry, and schooners CHICAGO and SEA SERPENT are both ashore at Michigan City, the latter vessel with a valuable cargo entirely lost.
      The schooners JULIETTE and JAMES G. KING are ashore at St. Joseph, and the sloop CLARISSA and a schooner are ashore at New Buffalo.
      Kingston Spectator
      November 4, 1836

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Remarks: Got off
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
William R. McNeil
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Erie (Schooner), aground, 3 Oct 1836