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Falcon (Schooner), aground, 26 Apr 1876

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SCHOONER FALCON WRECKED. Chicago, April 27. -- About 5 o'clock last evening the schooner FALCON was wrecked near the crib, and her crew, six in number were rescued with much difficulty. Captain Risley, a well known owner of the steam pump concern, was one of the rescued.
      Cleveland Herald
      Friday, April 28, 1876

THE FALCON. - In regard to the schr Falcon, which was lost at Chicago on Thursday, the Times says: The Falcon has been in the lumber trade for some twelve years, plying between this port and all points along the east shore. During the big storm of last fall she was driven on the beach near St. Joe where she has been lying all winter. Some ten days ago her owners, the Clark Bros. of this city, hired the tug Ben Drake for $600 to pull her off the beach and bring her home, where she could be fitted up for summer service. Several days were required to get her off the beach, and some time was devoted to the making of such repairs as were deemed necessary to bring her to this port. She was in very poor condition, however, though she would have crossed the lake in safety if she had not struck a streak of bad weather. The schooner was of about 200 tons burden, and was worth about $6,000. Very likely after this second disaster the ill-fated vessel will be found to be hardly worth repairing, though as she lies almost in the mouth of the harbor, she will have to be raised.
      Detroit Tribune & Advertiser
      Saturday, April 29, 1876

      WORK AT THE FALCON. - SHE IS NOW IN THE CHANNEL. -- The tugs GEORGE W WOOD; JOHNSON; BURTON, DOLE, and DRAKE yesterday took hold of a line which had been made fast to the sunken schooner FALCON and succeeded in pulling her into the channel at the entrance to the harbor, where she grounded and was left. She lies on her side a little to the north of the deep water in the channel, about midway between the beacon and the main light, her spars to the north. Masters of vessels and propellers are cautioned so that she will not be run into. Part of her side is out of water. Today, perhaps, tugs will right her, and an effort will be made to get her into one of the slips, when operations towards floating her will be commenced. The service of the tugs which pulled at the unfortunate vessel yesterday were given without charge, and simply indicate the generosity of our tugmen. Captain Lahey, the owner, is duly grateful. --- Inter-Ocean.
      Cleveland Herald
      Friday, May 12, 1876

      THE FALCON OUT OF THE WAY. -- Captain Cox, with the aid of several of the other tugs, made another effort yesterday to rescue the schooner FALCON, but failed. The City then took hold. Employing a diver to fasten a line, ten tugs were engaged and the wreck was towed out to the end of the north pier, where it was left. It is now out of the channel and out of the way of arriving and departing vessels. It was stated last evening that Captain Cox, acting for the owner, would make another effort today, but as the vessel is now badly damaged, and is really a wreck, the result is very doubtful. --- Inter-Ocean.
      Cleveland Herald
      Monday, May 15, 1876

At Chicago on Friday the schooner FALCON was removed out of the channel. It took the combined power of some eight or ten tugs to drag her for a distance of 300 or 400 feet. The Falcon is said to be almost a complete wreck. It is doubtful whether any effort will ever be made to do anything with her.
      Detroit Tribune & Advertiser
      Monday, May 15, 1876

At Chicago the wreck of the schooner FALCON lies about nine hundred feet south-southeast of the south pier. Her mainmast is above the surface.
      Cleveland Herald
      Thursday, May 18, 1876
THE FALCON. -- Capt. Falcon made a thorough search of the lake for the wreck of the schooner FALCON, Saturday afternoon, and succeeded in finding it some distance from where it lay previous to the heavy northeaster which occurred the later part of the last month. As the wreck still occupies a position that will endanger deep-laden vessels, it is understood that arrangements have been made by the proper Government officers to secure its final destruction and removed. Captain Falcon is to do the work, and proposes to blow up the wreck with torpedoes at an early day. --- Chicago Journal.
      Cleveland Herald
      Wednesday, June 28, 1876

AT CHICAGO. -- The wreck of the schooner FALCON, which obstructed the entrance to the harbor somewhat last year, can no longer be seen or felt.
      Detroit Tribune
      Saturday, April 21, 1877

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Reason: aground
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
William R. McNeil
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Falcon (Schooner), aground, 26 Apr 1876