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Niagara (Schooner), gale damage, 24 Aug 1878

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      Violent Wind and a Big Sea With Pitch Darkness.
      On Saturday night, about half past 10 o'clock, the wind went to the north, and a stiff gale set in, which gathered fury as the night advanced, attended much of the tine by heavy rain. It shifted during the night to northwest, and toward morning backed to north again. The night was pitch dark (many of our mariners call it the darkest night they ever experienced on the lakes), and the sea was terrible. After daylight yesterday morning the wind went to north northwest, and abated considerably. but up to 9 o'clock in the morning the storm was violent enough to satisfy almost anyone.
      Numerous vessels which had started out sustained damage and put back, and other, bound in also met with trouble, The schooner G. ELLEN, from Whitehall, got the storm near the Point, and lost about 50.000 shingles of her deck load. The Captain complains that there were tugs outside from after dark on Saturday, until daylight yesterday morning, and that he and others had to come to anchor and wait until daylight.
      The schooner BERTIE CALKINS, while making the harbor early yesterday morning , struck the north pier and carried away the staff on which the beacon light was exhibited, lost her jibboom, damaged her head gear, and had her bow stove in. The lamp is lost. The escape of the vessel from total loss, with the lives of her crew was very narrow.
      The schooner LINCOLN DALL came in minus her foretopmast and some canvas.
The schooner WINNIE WING broke her peak halyard , and had her foresail split.
The schooner ALICE RICHARDS ran back with sails gone.
Two scows and a dredge got adrift at Hyde Park; scows broken up. The dredge brought up between the piers here.
The propeller ANNIE LAURIE, Captain Pardee, left here on Friday night at 8 o'clock, bound for Muskegon. When some 60 miles away her iron rudder broke, and she drifted about in the lake. At one time she was near South Chicago. Her officers saw the United States steamer MICHIGAN, early on Saturday morning, and showed a signal of distress. The steamer stopped for a short while, but did not come to their assistance. The LAURIE was towed into Chicago at 7 o'clock by the tug J. H. HACKLEY, having weathered the entire gale in her disabled condition. Of course propeller and crew were in the greatest danger, but by the excellent management of the officers both were saved. The conduct of the MICHIGAN is most unaccountable.
      The Canadian steambarge LINCOLN, with her barges, grain laden, left here on Saturday and got as far as Kenosha, when she was met with an accident to her machinery and put back, arriving here at noon yesterday, and is undergoing repairs. The barges were left outside.
      The schooner HOLMES lost her davits and had her yawl smashed.
      The schooner NIAGARA, grain laden, ran back with sails gone.
      The propellers MESSENGER; T. W. SNOOK; COLIN CAMPBELL; JOSEPH L. HURD and Canadian steambarge LOTHAIR and barges also came back, after a lively shaking up, as well as almost every light vessel that had taken her departure.
      The schooner NORMAN, lumber laden, from Menominee, sprung a leak on Saturday night, and was brought in yesterday. Her crew were at the pumps all day yesterday. She will go into dry dock as soon as unloaded.
      Chicago Inter Ocean
      Monday, August 26, 1878

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Reason: gale damage
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.68473 Longitude: -86.53036
William R. McNeil
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Niagara (Schooner), gale damage, 24 Aug 1878