The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Rochester Democrat (Rochester, NY), Tues., April 26, 1859

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Effects of the Late Gale. - About 12 o'clock last Saturday night the schooner S. Buttles, Alexander Pollock, master, went ashore 10 or 12 miles east of the Genesee river. The Buttles is a small vessel of 125 tons burthen, and belongs at Port Stanley. She has on board a load of staves from Port Burwell, on the Canada shore of Lake Erie, for Clayton, on the St. Lawrence.

Owing to the blinding snow, he was not aware of his proximity to land, till within five minutes before the vessel struck. He immediately got her before the wind, and went on head foremast. A heavy sea carried her high upon a flat rock, and all hands immediately ran below.

By the Captain's directions the schooner was immediately scuttled to prevent her from thumping, and she lay quite comfortably till day light. The crew were not able to get ashore till 3 o'clock Sunday afternoon.

Captain Pollock thinks the gale of Saturday was the was the most severe ever experienced on the lakes, with which he has been familiarly as a navigator for fourteen years. In his opinion, the Buttles has not suffered much damage and may be easily got off with the aid of a steam tug from Oswego.

The seas swept over the piers at Charlotte with great fury. About 5 o'clock Saturday morning, the schr. Commerce, of Charlotte, came in from Port Ontario, with a cargo if ice. She left that port on Friday evening, and made the run of 80 miles in eleven hours, with no other canvas than a double reefed main sail. Capt. Ouderkirk says he never experienced such weather before, and he has been twenty years on the lakes. When a short distance from this port, the yawl of the Commerce was carried away from the davits.

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Rochester Democrat (Rochester, NY), Tues., April 26, 1859