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America (Schooner), U355, sunk, 8 Sep 1899

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The old schooner AMERICA, bound for Grand haven in tow of the tug PRODIGY, foundered on Friday morning 35 miles northeast of Chicago harbor. She was 50 years old last July 4. The crew were taken off by the PRODIGY and landed at Chicago.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Monday, September 11, 1899

Schooner AMERICA foundered on September 8, 1899 near Chicago, lake Michigan. Of 200 tons. Owned by Barry Bros., of Chicago. Approx. value of loss $500.
      Casualty List for 1899 [total loss]
      Marine Review
      December 21, 1899
Schooner AMERICA. U.S. No. 355. Of 270.74 gross tons; 257.21 tons net. Built at Clayton, N.Y., in 1849. Home port, Chicago, Ill. 138.5 x 26.0 x 9.9
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1899
NOTE:- the above AMERICA is omitted from the 1900 Merchant Vessel List, U.S.


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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
William R. McNeil
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America (Schooner), U355, sunk, 8 Sep 1899