The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Anti-Masonic Express (Rochester, NY), Aug. 9, 1831

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Shipwreck on Lake Ontario - On Tuesday, last about 11 o'clock A.M. the Schooner "Henry Clay," Captain Campbell of Oswego, when within 10 or 12 miles of the mouth of the Niagara River was struck by a heavy squall which capsized her instantly and she sank in a few minutes.

Captain Campbell and one of the crew were lost with four passengers, two men and one female with her child, whose names we have not learned - except Mr. Trowbridge of Carthage in Monroe County.

The steamer "Canada" was ahead of the "Henry Clay" when she went down and was immediately put about by her commander, Captain Richardson, who succeeded after much exertion in picking up three of the crew. Captain Richardson kept his boat near the spot for about an hour but nothing was seen of the "Henry Clay" or the remainder of the unfortunate individuals who were aboard.

The "Henry Clay" was bound for Cleveland, by way of the Welland Canal. She was freighted with 700 or 800 barrels of salt, three were on deck, which would account for the suddenness of sinking and capsizing. The approach of the squall had been perceived and preparation taken on board the schooner by taking in sail to meet it to prevent disaster.

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Richard Palmer
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Anti-Masonic Express (Rochester, NY), Aug. 9, 1831