The Late Gale - On the night of the 11th inst. a severe gale occurred on Lake Ontario which has proved very disastrous in the loss of life and property. The schooner Medora, owned by Mr. T. Wyman of this village, commanded by Capt. Morse, and bound from Cleveland to this port, with a cargo of upwards of 3,000 bushels of wheat was driven upon Stoney Island in Mexico bay, and is entirely a wreck. The crew, consisting of Capt. Archibald Morse, Hezekiah Morse, Nelson Hurns, Benj. Duxenbury, Henry Hill, -- King and two passengers, viz: Mr. Thaddeus Clark, a highly respectable citizen of this village, and a person who took passage at St. Catharines, have all, it is supposed, found a watery grave. We also learn that the schooner Robert Bruce, of Henderson Harbor, and the schr. Margaret and Ann, a British vessel, are also lost -particulars unknown.
On Lake Erie, we learn the gale proved most destructive, but are as yet unable to give particulars.
At Buffalo, it is said the waters were driven by the gale far beyond their usual barriers and deluged a large portion of the lower part of the city, sweeping away buildings and filling warehouses, and destroying an immense amount of salt and merchandise.
The vessels in the harbor and the canal boats were all forced from their moorings and sustained great damage. A gentleman from Buffalo estimates the loss sustained by that city by the gale of upwards of $200,000.
[Additional information from Dave Swayze]
Detroit Democratic Free Press
Monday, December 7, 1835
THE LATE GALE ON LAKE ONTARIO. - We learn from the Watertown Eagle and Standard of the 18th ult., that on Wednesday preceding, the Robert Bruce, a small schooner, owned in Henderson, Jefferson county, left Kingston, U. C. for some port up the Bay of Quinte, in ballast; was wrecked, and all on board lost - Benjamin Chandler, commander and part owner, and a seaman, name not known, besides Elias Everett, of Watertown, passenger. On Saturday night following, the wreck drifted on to Henderson Point, and the coat of Mr. Everett, hanging to a nail with his wallet containing $719, was recovered.
The Medora, owned in Oswego, up from the lake, laden with wheat and walnuts, went ashore near the mouth of Big Sandy Creek - all hands lost. The bodies of a man and woman were taken from the cabin.