The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston Chronicle (Kingston, ON), Nov 17, 1820

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p. 3 The schr. Franklin, captain Hayt, of Erie, of 90 tons, owned by Mr. Peter S. V. Hamor, of Erie, with a cargo of between three and four thousand dollars worth of merchandise, belonging to Mr. Hamot, and 300 bbls of salt, belonging to Mr. Bracket, of Salina, sailed from Erie and arrived at Grand River - the capt. went on shore, but returned to his vessel when the gale came on. The schooner now lies sunk in about 5 fathoms water, some distance from the shore, with the tops of her masts just above the water, 10 miles below Grand River. The crew are lost - consisting of Capt.. Hayt, and a Mr. Norton, pilot, and two others, all of Erie, Pa. It is thought but little of the cargo can be saved.

The schr. Zephyr, Napier master, from Ashtabula to Sandusky, with a quantity of goods and salt, was driven on shore near the Pennsylvania and Ohio line, with the loss of every soul on board - amounting to 10 or 12 persons, the crew and passengers. The body of a female was found upon the shore of one of the islands, which was the only discovery that had been then made of the remains of those unfortunate persons, who had thus suddenly been whelmed in the abyss of destruction. Hats, bonnets, etc. had floated ashore. Another small craft is said to be lost, but we have no particulars.

The schooner Elizabeth, of U. C. is reported to be lost, with most of her crew, but the report is not confirmed.

The Lake Erie Steam Boat had fortunately just arrived at Detroit, and made fast to the wharf, as the storm commenced. [Niagara Patriot Oct. 24]

We do not recollect a season so boisterous as the present, or one in which so many distressing accidents have occurred on the Lakes. In addition to the shipwrecks on Lake Erie, noticed in another column, we learn from a source entitled to credit, that during the Easterly gale and snow storm on Saturday night last, three vessels were stranded on the American side of this Lake. The schooner Minerva, laden with salt, was driven on shore near Oswego, and the cargo wholly lost. The schooners Triumph and Swallow, from Sacket's Harbour, went ashore near the Genessee river, but we are not informed of the extent of damage they have severally sustained - fortunately the crews got all safe to land.

Apprehensions are entertained for the safety of the schooner Owen, which sailed from this port for York on Saturday, and which must consequently have been exposed to all the violence of the gale, as well as to the difficulty of distinguishing the coast during a heavy fall of snow.

We lament to record the loss of Captain Patterson, master and owner of the schooner Mayflower, a man of a quiet, honest, and industrious character. Capt. Patterson sailed from this port on Monday, the 6th instant, and the next evening anchored off Cobourg, in order to land some goods. A gale in the mean while sprung up from the Southeast, accompanied by a heavy swell, the cable parted in weighing anchor, and in the darkness and confusion of the night, while working off the shore, the Captain unhappily fell overboard and was drowned. His eldest son, a fine lad, had to sustain the agony of seeing his father, and of hearing his piercing cries, without the possibility of affording him succour.

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Kingston Chronicle (Kingston, ON), Nov 17, 1820