The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Gazette (Detroit, MI), 21 Mar. 1826, page 3

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Buffalo, Feb. 28

Black Rock Harbor.--This "splendid work" sustained some injury on Saturday night last. The ice at that time, by means of a high wind, was driven against the outside of the pier, in passing down the river, with such force as to shatter and injure upwards of fifty-rods of the work. The strong dove-tail work which secured the timbers, at the corners of each crib, yielded to the pressure and while the bottom remained firm, the upper part of each block was lifted from the parts below. There are upwards of thirty of the cribs which have been thus horizontally parted, upon the outside; and in some instances timbers a foot in thickness and twenty feet in length, were split from end to end, and the fragments thrown upon the top of the remaining works. The cribs were parted at distances varying from one to four feet from the top of the work. In some instances sticks of the timber composing the work were driven out of the fissures below the raised parts, and floated away; and much of the stone, which filled the pier, escaped at the openings thus made. The whole harbour is now full of ice, but we presume the repairs will be commenced as soon as the elements will permit.--Journal.

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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Gazette (Detroit, MI), 21 Mar. 1826, page 3