The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Buffalo Whig & Journal (Buffalo, NY), 18 Nov. 1835, page 2

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Gale on Lake Erie.--On Wednesday last, a gale of much severity, swept over Lake Erie and the adjacent regions. At this port the water rose two feet higher than it was ever previously known. Several brick buildings, partly finished, were blown down, in different parts of the city; and sundry small ones, of wood, suffered from the flood, upon the flats. Many of the wharves were broken and damaged; and several of the Boats and vessels, in port, were more or less injured, while others were lifted out of the channel and lodged upon the docks and shore. The water reached the cellars, ware-houses and stores, near the harbour, and some damage was thus sustained--tho' the amount is comparatively trifling. The greatest loss, perhaps, is in wood and lumber, of which very great quantities were afloat, some of which was lost, and the rest thrown promiscuously together.

But the most pleasing feature of the case is, that the losses sustained scarcely bear a rateable proportion to the amounts set forth in the first printed accounts that left this city. Those statements, though widely [wildly?] erroneous, and greatly exaggerated, could not have been less so, perhaps--prepared as they necessarily were, in the midst of excitement, and without the details which time for investigation only could furnish. To the same cause, also, is attributable the premature statements of loss of human lives, here, which several of the city papers sent forth, but have since recalled as happily erroneous.

From several ports at the west, we learn that the gale was no less severe, and the water uncommonly high, along the whole lake shore. At Dunkirk, a Schooner and her cargo are state to have been lost--docks damaged, wood and lumber afloat, &c. At Portland, the same general state of things, and if information be correct, to an equal extent. At Erie, Pa. much the same--with the steamboat North America ashore. Of three Schooners that ran into the outer roads, on Wednesday morning, two held on, while the third, after dragging some distance, put away before the wind. At Coneaut, Ohio, the Schooner Free Trader, of Otter Creek, U.C. came ashore on Friday, with only one person alive on board, having been capsized, and thirteen persons lost. The Schooner Comet, of this port, it is also feared is lost, her hatches and part of her binnacle having been found, drifted ashore, above. The Erie Canal was somewhat injured, along the Niagara River; and at Lockport a brick building was blown down, by which one person had his skull fractured.

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Richard Palmer
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Buffalo Whig & Journal (Buffalo, NY), 18 Nov. 1835, page 2