The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston Herald (Kingston, ON), Oct. 22, 1844

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p.3 Great Storm at Kingston - On Friday night began one of the severest gales ever remembered in this part of the country. The wind veered to the south about 12 o'clock, and blew with the greatest fury from 2 to 4 o'clock, and with a little less violence afterwards. The water was driven into our water and bay so that it rose about 4 feet higher, and a fleet of small boats were forced from their moorings, and driven ashore on the Point. The schooner Lady Bagot came in during the gale, dragged her anchors, and went ashore at the east end of the Cataraqui Bridge, but she will be got off without much damage. The steamer Kingston was stranded in Navy Bay. A scow laden with wood was wrecked, and the wood scattered on the beach. ....The mail packet City of Toronto came in about 11 o'clock on Saturday afternoon, having nobly weathered the gale, but with about two feet water in the cabin. She took shelter for a time under Long Point.

We do not hear of any serious disaster on Lake Ontario, some schooners were dismasted, had sails split, and other trifling damages; but the accounts from Lake Erie are terrible. The storm drove the water into Buffalo 8 feet high in the streets, and swept away 200 houses.... The steamer Illinois was wrecked, and upwards of 300 souls perished. A schooner belonging to Messrs. Macpherson & Crane, of this town, was also wrecked, and further accounts will doubtless bring more tidings of the great calamity.... We have just heard that the small American steam boat John Marshall was wrecked on Stony Point, Lake Ontario, no lives lost.

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Kingston Herald (Kingston, ON), Oct. 22, 1844