Disasters on the Lake.--During the week past, the weather, on Lake Erie, has been very stormy, accompanied with thunder, unusual at the lateness of the season.
We have taken pains to ascertain the extent of the damage upon the lake, a partail [sic] detail of which will be found below.
Above the 18 mile creek, the schr. Ploughboy, of about 20 tons, lies high and dry, apparently having dragged her anchor.
Yesterday morning a small sloop drifted ashore, near the Buffalo Pier--no person on board, and is supposed to [have] broken from her fastenings, somewhere up the lake.
On Tuesday, the Steam Boat Niagara, had her main-mast carried away in the gale, and then run [sic] down the British channel, and anchored in the river, below Squaw Island. On Wednesday, Capt. Pease resolved to stem the rapids and accomplished it with ease, what no other lake Steam Boat ever did, and came into our harbor.
The undersigned, passengers in the Niagara, deem it but justice to Capt. Pease, to express their approbation of his very seaman-like, and collected good conduct, during the scene which occurred upon the violent contact of the steam boats, Niagara and Pioneer, last evening, with our entire conviction, that every effort was used, by Capt. Pease, to avoid the accident, and every measure for the safety of the passengers, on the instant of its occurrence.
Nov. 1st, 1826.
J. KEARSLEY, S. CONANT,
OZIAS LONG, H.S. COLE,
W. BUSSON. S.A.M. SHIPP,
JAS. CHANDLER, M.L. MARTIN,
S. PEASE A. WALKER,
J. WILSON, W. KELLOGG,
THOMAS G. COLE, E. ENSIGN.