The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 12, 1851

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From the large number of vessels known to have been out, and which have not yet been heard from, it is feared that much loss, both of life and property remains to be recorded. In addition to those mentioned yesterday as having left Toledo just previous to the gale, are the schooner Saratoga from Cleveland, schooner Cambridge and Ellen Stewart from Monroe, Missouri from Toledo, and H.N. Gates from this port.

Preparations are going forward to launch the Mount Vernon over the pier into the creek. She has sustained but very little injury.

The brig Mechanic ran down to the Rock, night before last, minus her yawl. The schr. Signal also lost her main yawl.

The schooner Lumberman went ashore about five miles this side of Silver Creek, with the loss of her whole crew, except the mate. Those lost were Capt. Smith, a boy named Bush, and three men.

The brig May Flower put in here with the loss of her main boom and small boat. She had a cargo of flour for Tonawanda, which will be discharged here.

The brig R. Crooks lost her deck load, and her sails and rigging suffered much damage.

The brigs Constellation and Ellen Park, with cargoes of coal for the upper ports, were obliged to put back, somewhat damaged - the latter having lost her yawl.

The steamer Sultana was towed into port this morning by the Albany, in a disabled condition, having broken her crossheads.

The following information has been furnished us by Capt. G.W. Rounds, of the North Western Insurance Co.

The brig St. Louis, Schooner Patrick Henry, Sarah Cornelia, Rialto, Ellen Stewart, and William all went ashore in the Cut, at the entrance to the Welland Canal, during the gale. The William is off, with but little injury.

The schooner Havana went ashore near Burwell and sunk, with a large cargo of coal.

Brig Iroquois and schooner Alvan Bronson are ashore, high and dry, near Port Dover. {Buffalo Commercial Advertiser]



Dunkirk, Saturday May 3rd.

The schooner Lumberman, of Erie, went ashore below Chitaraugus, yesterday morning. She was lying off Erie, on Thursday, about 2 o'clock, when a sea washed all of her crew overboard, and only one man succeeded in reaching the vessel again. He took the helm, and after twelve hours of severe suffering and exposure, succeeded in reaching the shore with the vessel. There were four men and a boy lost.

All the shipping in this portion of the Lake rode out the gale in safety and without damage. The old wharf was slightly damaged.

It was the severest gale we have experienced for many years....

Buffalo, Saturday, May 3rd - It has been ascertained that some 15 vessels have been driven ashore in the late gale, and a number are still missing.

It is supposed that they have foundered and all on board perished.

p.3 ads for steamers Prince of Wales, Magnet, Highlander, St. Lawrence, Beaver. May 12th.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 12, 1851