The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily Times (Oswego, NY), Wed. , Nov. 5, 1856

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The Gale - Lake Disasters - The wind commenced blowing last night at about sunset, and increased to a perfect hurricane without much abatement in violence up to this forenoon. The gale on this lake is, without a doubt, the severest of the season, and a large amount of property has been lost. Fears are entertained for the safety of vessels known to have been on the lake, but not yet heard from.

The schooner O. M. Chapman, with a cargo of wheat from Chicago for S. J. Holley, of this city, was driven ashore just below the east pier, last night, and has gone to pieces. Vessel and cargo a total lost. The schooner West Wind of, of Buffalo, which cleared from this port yesterday afternoon for Toledo with 500 barrels of salt, was struck by the gale and driven back. The vessel could not get in the harbor, and went ashore a few rods below the east pier. She is leaking, but will probably be got off when the weather moderates.

The brig J. G. Dreher, with a cargo of wheat from Chicago for S. J. Holley of this city, lost all of her top masts last night, and early this morning went ashore at Nine Mile Creek. A line was made fast to a spar, which floated ashore and was tied to a tree by some farmers, and by the means of which the crew of eight men and one woman got ashore. The small boat belonging to the vessel was lost sometime during the night. The vessel lies easy, on a gravelly bottom, but she is strained, and her cargo or a part of it is wet. The Dreher was owned by Warner & Harmon, of Cleveland, and both vessel and cargo were insured, mostly if not all in the Buffalo Mutual. It is probable that the vessel will be a total loss.

The schooner Dundee, which cleared yesterday for Toronto, had her masts sprung in the gale and was driven back, and in entering the harbor ran on to the dock at the steam sawmill, staving in her bow and stern, and sinking the vessel almost immediately.

The schooner Cuyahoga with wheat from Chicago, ran into the schooner Scotland, which was lying in the channel, carrying away the masts and part of the bulwarks of the latter, besides doing some other damage to the vessel. The Cuyahoga was somewhat damaged and is leaking. The Canadian schooner Loshial, bound from up the lake to Kingston, was driven into this port, and owing to the heavy sea, struck bottom in the channel, and we believe received some damage. Her cabin, which was on deck with her compass, were lost outside. When she was working round inside the east pier, a man was knocked overboard by the foreboom and instantly killed. The steamer Niagara, which left here last night for Charlotte, had not been heard from up to 3 o'clock, but it is probably that she put into Sodus or has arrived at Charlotte. There is some anxiety for her safety.

The wind up to 3 o'clock this afternoon continues to blow with considerable briskness, and the sea has been very rough all day. There are rumors of other vessels ashore, but we give all the authentic information of the disasters received up to the hour of going to press.

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Richard Palmer
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Daily Times (Oswego, NY), Wed. , Nov. 5, 1856