The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Watertown Times (Watertown, NY), Dec. 6, 1860

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Disasters On The Lakes

Almost every year, just previous to the close of navigation, there is more or less loss of life and property on our Great Lakes. This year the disasters have been rather more numerous than usual, though probably not more so then they would be every year with two days of such weather as we had the first of last week near the close of November.

After the first of November, and often during October, very violent winds prevail on these inland seas, which are frequently accompanied by snow or sleet, rendering the navigation of these waters extremely hazardous. Still, owing to the large wages paid to seamen this portion of the year, the lakes are covered with sail until driven off by the frost and ice, and often a fearful sacrifice of human life is the sad result.

There were a great many vessels out in the storm which prevailed on the 24th and 25th of November with many lives lost - we should say at least one hundred, and perhaps more. Of course, these disasters are to be lamented, but it is also to be regretted that men who know how perilous this occupation is, should be fool-hardy enough to engage in it.

But people who think more of a little extra compensation than they do of their lives, will of course do it, and if in the effort to secure the former they lose the latter, no one but themselves can be blamed.

The following disasters have occurred in addition to those heretofore reported: On Lake Ontario - ashore, sch'r Game Cock, at Point Peninsula; Marquette, on Nelson's Iland; Mary Salina, in Chaumont Bay; Comet, near Big Sodus; Queen City, at Kingston; Augustus Handy, in South Bay; Edith and Omar Pasha, near Stoney Point Light; Wild Rover, South Bay Point, Canada; Sarah, opposite Kingston; Mary, at Timber Island; Quebec, Nine Mile Point; Coleraine, near Brockville; two sch'rs on Four-Mile Point; Enterprise, at Long Point; Cape Horn, at Point Peninsula; bark Cleveland, and another, supposed to be the Clayton, at the head of Long Island;

Fontanelle, at Fox island; Tornado of Chicago, at Tibbet's Point; a bark, name unknown, at Cedar islands. A propeller coaster ran ashore 8 miles below Stone Mills, Canada, and subsequently went to pieces. On Lake Erie, over 20 schooners, 7 propellers, 1 brig and 1 bark are known to have been lost.

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Richard Palmer
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Watertown Times (Watertown, NY), Dec. 6, 1860