The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Severe Gale
Cleveland Herald (Cleveland, OH), 12 Dec 1820, p. 1, column 2

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Buffalo, November 28 Severe Gale. A gale was experienced in this vicinity on Saturday night last, which exceeded in severity any felt heretofore for several years. Of its affects on vessels on the Lakes, we have, as yet, learnt few particulars. The schr. Erie, which left here for Detroit, on Friday evening, lost one of her masts, and was driven back. The schooner Commodore Perry, which was ashore a short distance above the pier, was completely stove to pieces, by the violence of the waves. Several vessel were also driven ashore at Black Rock, some of which were considerable injured, among the the schr. Beaver, and the U. States Rev. Cut. Dallas.

Sackets harbor, Nov. 17 On Saturday evening, the 11th inst. a gale of wind commenced from the N.E. accompanied with snow, which increased during Sunday to a degree exceeding anything before known on Lake Ontario. On Monday morning the 13th the gale abated and we already learn the following wrecks and disasters:

The schr. Triumph, capt. Davis, with 153 barrels of salt, was driven on Genesee bar, vessel and cargo totally lost.

The schr. Swallow, capt. Pond, in ballast, on shore in Braddock's bay; vessel bilged & will be lost.

The schr. Minerva, capt. Hugunin, threw overboard 130 barrels salt, and afterwards struck on Oswego bar, in attempting to make that harbor, and we are informed since that she got off with the loss of her cargo, in all about 400 bis. of salt.

The schr. Wolcott, capt. Stutson, rode out the gale, and kept the lake with the loss of 10 bis. flour, washed from her deck, and her boat and galley stove. The water which covered her, formed such a bond as alone secured the remainder of her deck load.

The schr. Ontario left Genesee river on Saturday afternoon in company with the Wolcott, with a heavy deck load, and we have yet no reports from her.

The schrs. Morning Star, Julia, and Java, from Sackets harbor bound for Niagara, sailed on the Saturday previous to the storm, and we feel anxious for their safety.

The schr. Levania, with a cargo of about 300 barrels salt, was lost on Little Sodus, and the schr. Phoenix at Four Mile Creek in ballast, a few days Before the gale; in fact, the season has been the most severe and disastrous ever known.

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12 Dec 1820
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Davis, Captain ; Hugunin, Captain ; Stutson, Captain
Richard J. Wright Marine Collection, HCGL, BGSU
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Severe Gale