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Chicago (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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      VESSELS LOST ON LAKE MICHIGAN
      1824 TO 1847
      Schooner CHICAGO ----- October 1836 ----- Loss $8,000
      Re-published in the
      Buffalo Morning Express
      Wednesday, January 12, 1848

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      VESSELS WRECKED ON LAKE MICHIGAN.
The Chicago Journal gives the following statement, showing the number of vessels lost on Lake Michigan; their value, and the value of their cargoes when known; and the number of lives lost, from 1824 to 1847.
      Schooner LAWRENCE, 1824. $3,000
      Schooner RED JACKET, 1826. 2,000
      (here follows an interval of 7 years during which vessels must have been lost; but the record is not found.)
      Schooner ERIE PACKET, Dec. 1833 1,500
      Schooner PRINCE EUGENE, Oct. 1834 27,000
      Steamboat NEWBURYPORT, Oct. 1834 15,000
      Steamboat PIONEER, Aug. 1834 10,000
      Schooner name forgotten, 1835 2,000 Green Bay.
      Schooner UTICA, 1835 7,000
      Schooner CHANCE, Nov. 1835 7 lives 2,000
      Schooner BRIDGET, Nov. 1835 16 lives 5,000
      Schooner SLOAN, Nov. 1835 6 lives 3,000
      Steamboat DELAWARE, Apr. 1835 20,000
      Sloop CLARISSA, Nov. 1836 1,500
      * Schooner CHICAGO, Oct. 1836 8,000
      Schooner AUSTERLITZ, Oct. 1836 12,000 vessel and goods
      Schooner OHIO, Oct. 1837 6,000
      Schooner LaPORTE, Oct. 1838 3,000
      Schooner THOS. RICHMOND, Oct. 1838 6,000
      Schooner LaFAYETTE, Oct. 1838 3,000
      Schooner WHITE PIGEON, Nov. 1839 3,000
      Brig JOHN KENZIE, Nov. 1839 3,000
      Steamboat DETROIT, Aug. 1839 20,000
      Schooner VIRGINIA, Nov. 1839 7,000 wheat
      Steamboat TAYLOR, Oct. 1840 8,000
      Steamboat CHAMPLAIN, May 1840 10,000
      Schooner NEPTUNE, Nov. 1840 24 lives 15,000 goods
      Schooner CINCINNATI Oct. 1840 1,500
      Schooner JEFFERSON Apr. 1840 1,800
      Schooner HURON Oct. 1840 2,000
      Schooner POST BOY Oct. 1841 13 lives 1,000 goods
      Sloop SPITFIRE Oct. 1841 500
      Schooner ONEIDA Nov. 1841 20,000 wheat
      Schooner BANCROFT Nov. 1842 4,000
      Ship MILWAUKEE Nov. 1842 9 lives 10,000
      Ship FLORIDA, Nov. 1842 4,000
      Brig COLUMBUS, Nov. 1842 12,000 wheat
      Brig HUMMINGBIRD. May 1843 6 lives 1,000
      Schooner HARRIET, May 1843 8 lives 2,500
      Schooner MINERVA SMITH, May 1844 1,000
      Schooner WAVE, March 1844 5 lives 1,000
      Schooner VICTORY, March 1844 7 lives 2,000
      Schooner WHITNEY, Aug. 1844 6 lives 2,000
      Ship SUPERIOR, Sept. 1845 5,000
      Schooner JACOB BARKER, Nov. 1845 2,000
      Brig OLIVER, Nov. 1845 2,000
      Schooner OCEAN, Apr. 1845 6 lives 1,000
      Schooner SAVANNAH, Apr. 1845 5,000
      Schooner JEFFERSON, Apr. 1845 4,500
      Brig INDIANA, Oct. 1845 4,000
      Schooner SWIFT, Oct. 1845 600
      Brig ROSA, Oct. 1845 8,000
      Schooner MARGARET HELM Nov. 1845 1,500
      Steamboat BOSTON, Nov. 1846 70,000
      Sloop JAMES K. POLK Nov. 1846 1,000
      Schooner ----?---- Nov. 1846 4,000
      Sloop RODOLPH, Nov. 1846 4 lives 400
      Schooner St. JOSEPH, Apr. 1847 1,000
      Schooner SOLOMON JUNEAU Apr. 1847 4,000
      Schooner MARY ELIZABETH Apr. 1847 2,000
      Schooner WISCONSIN, Apr. 1847 1,500
      Schooner OUTWARD BOUND Oct. 1847 2,000
      Schooner ILLINOIS, Nov. 1847 5,000 Green Bay
      Propeller PHOENIX Nov. 1847 164 lives 80,000
      Schooner CHAMPION Nov. 1847 15,000
      Schooner E.G. WOOLCOTT, Nov. 1847 10,000
      Schooner H. MERRILL, Nov. 1847 10,000
      Total Value $512,000
      Total number of lives lost 288
      Buffalo Republic
      Wednesday, February 9, 1848

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Remarks: Total loss
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1836
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McN.W.16344
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William R. McNeil
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Chicago (Schooner), aground, 3 Oct 1836