Daniel Slauson (1857)
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"LOSS OF THE SCHOONER DANIEL SLAUSON.
At an early hour on Friday evening of last week (10/18/1863), news of the loss of the schooner Daniel Slauson, hailing from and owned in this city (Racine, Wisconsin), was brought to Racine by one of the mates of the ill-fated craft. The Slauson cleared from this port for Buffalo on the night of the 17th, laden with 12,500 bushels of wheat,upon which there was an insurance of $1.15 per bushel. She subsequently encountered the terrific south-easterly gales of Sunday, and after weathering the fury of the sea and the temest during the day, when night closed in, was at the entrance to Green Bay, at a point ominously named "Death's Door," and between the hours of eight and nine p.m., stranded upon the rocks of Pilot Island, about one hundred feet from shore. The crew managed to reach terra firma, without loss...
...It is thought thought that the vessel and cargo will be a total loss. When the mate who brought the news of her stranding, left the scene of the wreck, several holes were in her bottom, through which the wheat was escaping... Her partially dismantled hull now lies on the reef off Pilot Island, near the lighthouse." Chicago Tribune 10/30/1863 from the Racine (Wis.) Journal, 28th.
 
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