The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Aug. 17, 1820

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Water spout. - At about 8 o'clock this morning, one of those singular phenomena, usually denominated a water-spout, was observed from this village at a distance of 5 or 6 miles upon the Lake. A heavy dark cloud hung over the Lake in the west and north. Its lower edge, for the most part uniform and regular, was at an apparent elevation above the horizon of 5 or 8 degrees. From this edge depended apparently a small portion of the cloud, of a conical form not unlike an elephant's trunk, the larger end connected with the cloud and extending downwards perhaps two-thirds of the distance to the surface of the Lake. Immediately below, the water for some rods round was in great agitation, and appeared rising from the surface in numerous distinct, but almost contiguous points, and to combined with the lower end of the conical portion of the cloud.

The Lake was slightly ruffled by a light breeze from the west, the cloud and spout together were moving moderately to the east, when suddenly the agitation of the waters ceased, the conical cloud quickly disappeared, and the scene assumed its usual appearance. Its continuance from the time it was first observed, was perhaps eight minutes. A Spectator.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Aug. 17, 1820