The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Rochester (Steamboat), 21 Oct 1844


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Lake Ontario - The late gale, so far as we have been able to learn, has not been attended with any disastrous consequences on Lake Ontario. The steamer ROCHESTER, Captain H.N. Throop, left the landing at 8 o'clock, Friday evening, bound for Toronto and Lewiston. She encountered a gale about half way between this port and Toronto, and was obliged to put about and return.
Her escape is almost miraculous as she was out during the whole of the gale - which was the severest ever known on this lake. Capt. Throop reports having seen a vessel or propeller almost 40 miles west of the mouth of the river, (Genesee), and from one to two miles from shore, running before the wind. he think it was a propeller, as occasionally he saw sparks. he also reports a bright red light, during the severest part of the gale, in the direction of Coburg or below.
Fears are entertained for the safety of the GORE, which runs between Hamilton, Toronto and Rochester, which was due here at 7 o'clock on Saturday. Also for the St. Lawrence, which left the mouth of the river at 2 o'clock Saturday morning, bound for Oswego and Ogdensburgh. The ONEIDA due here on Saturday at 4 o¦clock P.M., has not been heard from. If she was out
she probably encountered the gale between Sackets Harbor and Oswego. The AMERICA, due here yesterday morning at 3 o'clock, has not been heard from.
      Rochester Daily Democrat
      Mon., October 21, 1844

      The following Card of Thanks is deserved. The management of the boat, during the storm, was admirable. The escape was truly providential:
      Rochester, Oct. 19, 1844.
      We, the undersigned, being passengers on board the steamer ROCHESTER, on her late passage from Oswego to Lewiston, feeling a deep and lasting sense of gratitude to Almighty God, for deliverance from shipwreck and death, during the night of the 18th instant, and to Captain H.N. Throop, his officers and crew, who, with such noble courage and unsurpassed skill, were
the instruments of kind Providence, in running to and making a safe harbor at the mouth of the Genesee River, we tender our sincere and heartfelt thanks, and address to them this brief acknowledgement, as a passing memorial of lasting gratitude:
G. Ranson................................Michigan
Peter R. Lane........................Toronto, C.W.
L. Hart.....................................Cuba
M.M. Acosta.......................... do
John Eastwood....................Toronto, C.W.
J.W. DeBut, R.A....................Canada
Edward Kilbourne..............Iowa
Michael McDonnell............Dublin
Byron Sykes........................Illinois
W.H. Glass............................Hamilton, C.W.
J. Plumb Jr..........................Ogdensburgh
H. Fish...................................St. Louis
Signor Martinez................Detroit
D. Bishop, O Sabine, J. Shisoe, D. Woodward, John Smyle, Committee of Deck Passengers.
      Rochester Daily Democrat
      Tues., October 22, 1844


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1844
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McN.E.226
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William R. McNeil
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Rochester (Steamboat), 21 Oct 1844