The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Windham (Schooner), aground, 25 Apr 1845

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Correspondent of the Chicago Journal
      St. Joseph, April 25th, 1845.
      A large schooner, supposed to be the WINDHAM, went ashore about 20 rods north of the pier, in attempting to enter the harbor of St. Joseph in a heavy squall from the northwest, about 8:00 in the evening. She lay in a perilous condition for near an hour, when the wind shifted suddenly to the east, and blew a gale off shore. By making sail, with the aid of the heavy swell, she succeeded in getting off again. About two hours after the vessel left the beach, a terrific squall from the north west, would no doubt have done serious damage and perhaps made a wreck of her but for her fortunate escape. The WINDHAM left St. Joseph on the morning of the 24th, with a full cargo, for Buffalo, and was no doubt driven back by the heavy winds that occurred during the day. Her spars, sails and hull were distinctly seen during the vivid flashes of lightning, and were recognized by those who knew the vessel as that of the WINDHAM.
      Daily National Pilot
      Saturday, May 3, 1845

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      The schooner WINDHAM, which, from the account in the Chicago papers, of her exposed condition at St. Joseph, fears were entertained for her safety, came in on Friday night, safe and sound, with a full freight of flour &c. It was a lumber schooner, which was seen off St. Joseph in the gale, and not the WINDHAM
      Monday, May 5, 1845

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Reason: aground
Freight: flour, &c.
Remarks: False report
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.10976 Longitude: -86.48002
William R. McNeil
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Windham (Schooner), aground, 25 Apr 1845