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Terrible Gale on Lake Erie - Sixteen Bodies Found
Onondaga Gazette (Baldwinsville, NY), Nov. 30, 1846

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Terrible Gale on Lake Erie - Sixteen Bodies Found


Lake Erie was visited by a tremendous gale on Thursday, the 19th inst., which occasioned the loss of several vessels and a number of lives. Accounts state that sixteen bodies were picked up along shore.

Several vessels were cast ashore in the vicinity of Barcelona - among them are the Helen Strong, Swan, Osceola, Cleveland, and a sloop, name unknown, capsized.

The brig John Hancock is ashore above Erie - total wreck; also the Ainesworth, United States, Charles, and A.P.. Haywood - will be got off with trifling damage. The brig Europe is ashore at Fair Point - damage slight. The brig H. H. Sizer, and schooner Huron, at Erie, and the steamer Indian Queen, at Dunkirk, are total wrecks. There are 14 sail and three steam vessels ashore between Buffalo and Detroit. The shore for miles is strewn with fragments of wrecks.

Gale on Lake Ontario - Vessels Lost.


The storm which raged on Lake Erie, on Thursday, appears to have visited Lake Ontario with no great abatement on Friday. The vessels, the Ainsworth and Canadian schr. Grampus, broke from their moorings in Oswego harbor, and were driven on the rocks at Fort Ontario - both total wrecks. The crews of the two vessels were taken off by the yawl of the revenue cutter, lying in the harbor.

A schooner in attempting to enter the harbor, was driven past, and is reported ashore in Mexico Bay. Several vessels which had left Oswego Thursday for the upper lakes, returned after vain attempts to weather the gale.

At 9 o'clock on Friday night the wind was still blowing a perfect hurricane - and it is reasonable to suppose that immense damage was done that we have not yet heard of.

Since writing the above we learn by a gentleman from Oswego, that another terrible storm, no less disastrous than the first, visited the lake on Thursday morning last. he states that a Canadian schooner was driven ashore at Oswego on that morning and also that the pier on the east side of the river was considerably started from its foundation during the day, and it was feared would be swept away.

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    Latitude: 43.4542482766056 Longitude: -77.80517578125
Richard Palmer
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Terrible Gale on Lake Erie - Sixteen Bodies Found