The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Hallowell Free Press (Picton, ON), Nov. 1, 1831

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On Tuesday last, (says the Buffalo Patriot), we experienced a strong gale from the N.E. accompanied with rain. Several of the Steamboats were in the Upper part of the Lake, and in great danger; but finally escaped without material damage, and without the loss of any of the lives on board. The Sloop Olive Branch, from hence to Ashtabula, was lost at the mouth of the Grand River - crew saved. The cargo consisted of Merchandize, valued at several thousand dollars, was owned by Messrs. Wm. & James Reade, of Ashtabula, and wholly lost.

The Schooner Marshall, of Connaught, was discovered on the 1st of October, off Erie, on her beam ends. She was navigated by five men, who are supposed to be lost.

Wreck - On Tuesday last, says the Hamilton Free Press) the Schr. Commerce, from Oswego, was driven aground on Burlington Beach, opposite the farm of Mr. Wm. Lottridge, with a full cargo of Salt, etc. and Merchandize, principally belonging to merchants of this town and Dundas. The Salt - about 650 barrels - we regret to state, is entirely damaged and the Merchandize damaged or destroyed. We hear that no blame can be attached to Captain Lucas, who on account of the severity of the gale, was unable to make any Harbour...

From the Niagara Gleaner.

LAKE DISASTERS - There has been during the last week, one of the most violent storms from the east, attended with much rain, that has been witnessed for many years in this vicinity. On Monday the gale commenced, and continued all night and the following day. On Tuesday afternoon the Schooner Wolcot, from Oswego, Booth, Master, loaded with Salt destined for Lake Erie, sprung a leak, so that it was very difficult to keep her afloat. Not considering it safe to enter the Harbour at Port Dalhousie, with such a wind, the Captain steered for this River; but the vessel becoming waterlogged, and the fore-sail being torn, she with difficulty made the River, but not being able to keep far enough to windward, she drifted on a sand bar opposite to this town. Most of the loading is lost, the hands are safe, but it will be troublesome, doubtless, to get the vessel off.

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Hallowell Free Press (Picton, ON), Nov. 1, 1831