The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Nancy Dell (Schooner), 17 Dec 1901

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      The schooner NANCY DELL left Bailey's harbor Friday with a cargo of wood consigned to W. Schlosser & Co., of this city. Her crew included Capt. John Dram and two seamen whoes names are unknown. The first information that reached Milwaukee was that she was en route to this port was a telephone message received Saturday evening by the Milwaukee Tug Boat Company from Bailey's harbor asking if she had arrived. Word has been sent to all west coast ports to look for the DELL, but nothing had been received of her up to last night. Why Capt. Dram left Bailey's Harbor in the storm of Friday is puzzling local vesselmen. The DELL is one of the small schooners used in the bark and wood trade. She is not thought to be capable of riding out a gale of any velocity, and if she was caught in the open she probably went to the bottom.
      Milwaukee Sentinel
      December 18, 1901
      The missing schooner NANCY DELL was located yesterday, anchored off Dune Park, Ind., twenty-nine miles southeast of Chicago. With his beard frozen to his clothing Capt. John Dunn rowed ashore and telephoned for a tug. The ship's rigging had been torn away by the gale and the hull was a mass of ice.
      Milwaukee Sentinel
      December 19, 1901

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Lives: nil
Freight: Christmas trees
Remarks: False alarm
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
William R. McNeil
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Nancy Dell (Schooner), 17 Dec 1901