Samana (Schooner), 24 Nov 1884
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A November Gale - A Forerunner of Winter - The SAMANA's Trip from Toronto.
Weather prophets said yesterday that the southerly breeze which blew during the day would toward night haul to the northwest and blow a gale. Their predictions were verified at 9 o'clock, when the wind that had been blowing fresh from the south west veered suddenly to the northwest and increased in violence. The mercury dropped away down, the signboard creaked and people who were on the streets sought their homes speedily.
After midnight there came a succession of blinding snow squalls which lasted throughout the day. Mariners who toasted their shins at the roaring fires in shipchandlers stores told of "such days as this" and expressed much concern as to the whereabouts of the schooner SAMANA, Captain Andrews, which was supposed to be on this lake and the BLAZING STAR and HARTFORD, which were thought to be on Lake Erie.
Captain Martin, the owner of the SAMANA, was unable to say whether the vessel had left
Toronto or not, and no one could tell anything about the BLAZING STAR except that she was ready to leave Detroit for this port on Saturday.
A few moments before noon the storm broke for a moment and people crossing the bridge saw a large fore-and-aft schooner a little below the lighthouse and making for the harbor. She carried a reefed foresail, double reefed mainsail and staysail, and appeared to be making good weather. The vessel proved to be the SAMANA, was well handled and came in with no difficulty whatever. Capt. William Andrews, who commands the SAMANA states he left Toronto at 5 o¦clock yesterday afternoon with the wind southwest. Soon after it shifted to the northwest and blew very hard. The snow squalls followed each other in quick succession and at times the crew could not see the length of the vessel. he did not see Oswego until he was a short distance below.
The LEWIS ROSS which left here Saturday morning reached Toronto yesterday afternoon.
At 12:30 this noon the wind which was from the west was blowing 38 miles an hour from the southeast. During the afternoon it subsided, but along toward night shifted toward the west and began to blow hard again. At 11 o'clock last night the velocity was 36 miles an hour. The weather sergeant says the storm will probably break this evening and the mercury will drop to zero or thereabouts.
Mon., November 24, 1884
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- William R. McNeil
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