The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), April 16, 1850

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Severe Gale. - A severe gale from the northwest began on Saturday evening and continued through Sunday, up to a late hour in the night. It was accompanied with alternate snow squalls, which at times gave everything a most dismal, wintry aspect. Quite a number of vessels came down the lake and entered the harbor, one of them hitting the dock rather hard, carrying away her bow-sprit an cut-water. Another craft sprung a leak, but she was soon pumped out and her cargo of flour will not be seriously injured. At the height of the gale, the surf rolled into the mouth of the harbor in most magnificent style. The huge breakers would strike against the pier and throw a dense body of spray nearly to the top of the light house. So heavy was the surf, that sometimes the entire pier would seem to be submerged, when the huge breakers would leap against it, passing entirely over into the harbor.

The Revenue Cutter was lying just inside of the pier, and such was the force of the gale, that the surf was swept over her during the whole day, covering spars, rigging and hull with a dense coat of ice. Some other vessels in the dock near Carrington & Pardee's were also covered with ice, and yesterday, they looked as if they had just returned from the North Pole. The gale subsided yesterday, but the lake continued greatly agitated, all day.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), April 16, 1850