The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Major Oliver (Brig), aground, 29 Jul 1843

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There was a severe gale on Lake Michigan on Friday night, the 29th ult. From the Detroit Free Press we learn, that the brig MAJOR OLIVER encountered the gale off Southport, and sprang a leak, and her pumps got choked by the wheat getting through her sealing -- she ran for Chicago, and in attempting to get in, struck on the bar, where she lay pounding for two hours, and but for the gallant, intrepid and praiseworthy assistance of Capt. Munson, of ship SUPERIOR, and his crew, she would have sustained material damage, but was got into port, and discharged cargo to repair damages.
      The N.C. BALDWIN fetched up on the bar, but finally pounded over and fell to leeward of the south pier, where she lost her rudder and sustained some damage; but by the ready assistance of the crew's of vessels in port, she was got in, making considerable water -- loaded with wood from St. Joseph.
      Schr. TOLEDO, loaded with wheat and flour, in consequence of the gale ran for Chicago, struck on the bar, and pounded so much as to spring a leak, was got in with much difficulty, where she sank in nine feet water -- cargo very much damaged.
      Schr. CALEDONIA, in the gale sprung her mainmast, but got safe in port, where she will have to remain until she gets a new one from St. Joseph.
      Buffalo Daily Gazette
      August 7, 1843

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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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Major Oliver (Brig), aground, 29 Jul 1843