The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Black Rock Advocate (Buffalo, NY), 23 Dec. 1836, page 2

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GREAT GALE.--One of the most violent gales every experienced in this region occurred on Tuesday night and Wednesday last. The wind commenced blowing from the south east, but soon changed to a furious south-wester, carrying away the roofs, blowing down the chimneys, and forcing in the windows, of many buildings in this vicinity. The water in the river at this place rose several inches higher than at the time of the great gale in November, 1835. The flats, in the lower part of Buffalo, were completely inundated, and great anxiety was felt during the gale for the safety of the inhabitants in that part of the city. Boats were put in requisition to relieve the sufferers, many of whom, it is stated, were by this means enabled to make their escape from the windows of the second story of their houses. The cold was intense, and some of the boats that ventured out were unable to make any progress through the water, on account of the rapid accumulation of ice. One of them manned by five persons was frozen in some distance from the shore, where it was detained until the water subsided, the men preserving themselves from freezing by violent gesticulations, and by beating each other when inclining to sleep. Perilous as was the condition of the mass of the population in that exposed situation, no loss of lives, we are gratified to learn, has yet been ascertained.

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Richard Palmer
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Black Rock Advocate (Buffalo, NY), 23 Dec. 1836, page 2