The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Congress (Schooner), aground, 6 May 1845

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We learn by a gentleman who came down in the steamboat MISSOURI, that the schooner CONGRESS was driven ashore near Chicago, on the 6th and had some 4 feet of water in her hold. She had a cargo of wheat, some 9,000 or 10,000 bushels, consigned to George Davis & Co., of this city, much of which will undoubtably be injured.
      The following from the Chicago Journal, of the 7th, contains further particulars:
      The schooner CONGRESS, loaded with 10,000 bu. wheat from Wadsworth, Dyer and Chapin, of this city, went to sea yesterday afternoon, and in attempting to make harbor on her return, this morning, after meeting a heavy north west blow, broke her fore yard in rounding the North Pier, and drifting to southwards let go her anchors.
      At 10:00 she had dragged to within a cables length of shore and now thumps heavily; meanwhile the wind continues fresh, and it is feared she will bilge. Her cargo is insured. The brigs ROCKY MOUNTAIN and SCOTT in coming in struck the pier, but sustained no damage.
      Daily National Pilot
      Wednesday, May 14, 1845

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      The schooner CONGRESS lies easy in about 8 feet of water, and preparations are making to light her off, by taking out a portion of her cargo, which will be saved, about 1/3 of it in a damaged state. The vessel is tolerably tight, and as the wind subsides her pumps will keep her clear.
      Daily National Pilot
      Thursday, May 15, 1845

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Got off
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
William R. McNeil
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Congress (Schooner), aground, 6 May 1845