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Sea Star (Schooner), U22356, struck by lightning, 14 Jun 1859

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STRUCK BY LIGHTNING. - The schooner SEA STAR, owned by Henry Howland, Esq., of this city, was struck by lightning when about 12 miles on the lake, on Tuesday evening last. She was disabled, brought into port, and lays at the railroad dock, above Clark Street, and attracts considerable attention. The repairs to make her all right wil cost about $100. - Chicago Press, 15th.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Saturday, June 18, 1859

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VESSEL STRUCK BY LIGHTNING - The scow SEA STAR was struck by lightning at half past two this morning near Grosse Point. The foretopmast was carried away, and the foremast very badly shivered, one bolt passing into the center of the mast, traversing almost its entire length and coming out just above deck; another took off some large splinters on its way down, and tore up the deck at the foot of the mast. The lightning then passed down a stovepipe into the cabin, and struck one of the crew who sat near, burning him severely and knocking him senseless. Another man was laying in a bunk with a bucket of oakum at his head, which was set on fire by the lightning. The man jumped up and started for the hatchway with the blazing oakum, but in the dark let it fall upon the man who was first struck, which had the effect of bringing him too. He then attempted to get on deck, and found that his left side was paralyzed, but he at length succeeded in getting upon deck and on top of a pile of lumber with which the vessel was loaded. The man at the helm was also knocked down, and a man on deck near the bow was thrown rather roughly against the side of the vessel, but neither of the latter were injured. The lightning, after indulging in these freaks, passed out at the bow. The man who was struck has entirely recovered the use of his limbs, but is burnt severely in two or three places. - Chicago Press and Tribune, 16th.
      Detroit Daily Advertiser
      June 17, 1859

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Reason: struck by lightning
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $100
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
William R. McNeil
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Sea Star (Schooner), U22356, struck by lightning, 14 Jun 1859