The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Aug. 26, 1835

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Gale on the Lakes - This has been the most extraordinary summer experienced for many years - is thought by our old citizens to be the coldest since the well remembered summer of 1816. We have not along the lake shore been annoyed by summer frosts, as has been the case in the middle of the state; but we have experienced a great deal of chilly unseasonable weather. We have had, besides, this summer, two such gales of wind as our old residents do not remember to have occurred at this time of the year - one of them late in June, the other a few days since. The late gale has been disastrous to a degree unparalleled on Lake Ontario.

Two or three vessels have been lost, and it is reported as many lives.

Among those known to be lost, are the Napoleon, of Sackets Harbor, and the British schooner Margaret, of Kingston. The crew of the former had abandoned her just before she sunk, and taken to the boat. They were rescued from their perilous situation by the steamboat Oswego, Capt. Homans, who very humanely brought his vessel to under Stony island until one of the unfortunate crew of the Napoleon who had his arm broken, could be provided for. It is proper to mention that the Oswego made the passage in the most gallant manner from Kingston to Sacket's during the severest part of the gale. This by far the worst passage from port to port on Lake Ontario during a severe north-wester.

The Vice President and Mr. Comptroller Flagg were on board the steamboat United States proceeding from Sacket's to Oswego, and were out in undoubtedly bad weather as was ever experienced in summer on our Lake.

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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Aug. 26, 1835