F.C. Clark (1849)
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The brig F.C. Clark, loaded with coal and lumber at Erie and bound for Chicago, encountered a severe southwest gale when off Chicago. The brig was driven northward, and when off Manitowoc, she was driven ashore 1 mile south of that city on Oct. 24, 1856. After she was stranded, a heavy sea carried away her boat and bulwarks and stove in her cabin door and windows. At five o'clock in the morning of Oct. 25th, the crew was driven from the cabin by a "flood of water." At eight in the morning, one of the crew made his way to shore by lashing a three-gallon jug to his body. Shortly afterwards the government lifeboat arrived and took off the rest of the crew.
 
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