The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Gale at Buffalo
Evening Post (New York, NY), 2 Jul 1827, p. 1

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From the Buffalo Journal, June 26.

Gale at Buffalo.--This place was visited on Friday last by one of the severest gales ever known at this season of the year. The wind was from the south west, and drove the water with great violence into the creek, which soon overflowed its banks and completely inundated the flats, upon which stands what is called the lower village. The water rose within four hours to the height of more than five feet above its ordinary level, exceeding, when at its greatest head, any rise within several years, by six inches. The loss of property is very considerable. About 700 barrels of salt were lost or much damaged; a quantity of timber, wood and lumber was floated off, and some damage was sustained by pot and pearl ashes, and other property in the warehouses. The total amount cannot be estimated with any certainty; it is not as great however as was at first anticipated.

Gardens and fruit trees suffered considerably from the violence of the wind. In many cases gardens were almost entirely destroyed.

A British vessel run into the harbor during the gale, not being able to make any other port.

The steamboat Pioneer, which plies between this place and Dunkirk, was driven back after having run within seven miles of her destination. The Niagara, winch left port on Saturday morning, was driven back by stress of weather, and departed on Sunday morning for Detroit.

On Sunday morning, a schooner was discovered about 8 miles up the lake water logged. She proved to be the surprise, of Round O, in Canada, Capt. Philip Secord. A man, which proves to be the captain was found on board dead, entangled in the rigging near the windlass. The vessel was a complete wreck, both masts having been carried away in the gale, her rudder gone, hatches off and bulk heads stove in. She was last from Cleveland, and was returning empty, with a crew consisting of the captain, two hands and a boy, all of whom it is supposed are lost.--She has since been towed down the lake to this place. The unfortunate captain has left a wife and fourteen children.

The schooner Nucleus. of this port went ashore at Sandusky. She will be got on without much injury. We have heard of no farther damage on the lake.

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2 Jul 1827
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.51949 Longitude: -81.68874
  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.33143 Longitude: -83.04575
  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.4795 Longitude: -79.33393
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.2975 Longitude: -81.888611
  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.44894 Longitude: -82.70796
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Gale at Buffalo