The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Tues., Nov. 18, 1873

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Along the Docks

The schooner Henry Fitzhugh, Captain George Budge, which arrived in port last night, left Chicago with the schooner Mollison, and was in company with her at dusk Monday evening, October 27th, when the Mollison was about three miles to leeward of the leeward of the Fitzhugh. Both vessels were at the time off and to the northward of the Manitous. Captain Budge says the squall struck his vessel about 4 o'clock Tuesday morning, and although his canvas was reefed, the wind was so strong and violent that the schooner was thrown on her beam end, shifting her cargo of corn, not withstanding she had shifting boards.

Volumes of water rushed into the cabin and forecastle, and for a time it seemed impossible for the schooner to regain her upright position, but finally she luffed and then was put before the wind, which was blowing from the north-northeast. It was found after the vessel was headed up the lake that her foresail and jib were badly rent, and that her safety was in making a port of shelter.

When the vessel was off Port Washington the wind changed to the southwest, and her course was changed for the Straits again, but arriving off Manitowoc the captain concluded to go in thee and make repairs, which he did. Protest was noted at Manitowoc and extended here, as it is thought that some of the cargo is damaged. The captain says that Tuesday and Wednesday were the worst he has ever seen on the lakes, the wind being accompanied by a blinding snow storm rendering it impossible to see the land.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Tues., Nov. 18, 1873