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Charles Howard (Schooner), aground, 1 Nov 1846

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The vessels ashore at Erie, on the Peninsula are the AINSWORTH, DAYTON, UNITED STATES, CHARLES HOWARD. These vessels will probably be got off without much damage.
      Buffalo Courier
      Tues. Nov. 24, 1846

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DISASTERS ON LAKE ERIE. --The steamer HELEN STRONG is ashore four miles above Barcelona -- a perfect wreck, and two lives lost. The steamer MADISON is ashore eight miles still further up, high and dry, but not much damaged as far as known yet. The steamer INDIAN QUEEN, Captain Staring, went ashore on the night of the 19th, about 10 o'clock, just above the lower point in Dunkirk Harbor. She was fully laden with goods for that port -- several hundred Dollars worth of which were thrown overboard after she struck, to enable her to near the shore. She now lies hard upon a rock bottom, with a good deal of water in her, and the rest of the cargo must be more or less damaged.
      The Brig OSCEOLA was blown ashore about four miles above the HELEN STRONG, opposite Quincy, and four of her hands were lost. The captain and mate were just alive when the last accounts left; she struck about ten in the evening, and it was eight the following morning before assistance could be obtained. The vessel is probably a wreck. A few rods above her, the schooner CLEVELAND also was driven ashore, and now lies high and dry, no water touching her; no lives lost, and the vessel not much damaged. Both the CLEVELAND and the OSCEOLA were without cargoes. The HELEN STRONG had an unusual cargo of dry goods, &c. The following vessels are reported ashore between Buffalo and Erie; Schooners DAYTON - J.H. LYON - UNITED STATES - H.H. SIZER - HOWARD AND HURON. A later arrival informs us that the steamers, MADISON - NEW ORLEANS - NIAGARA are safe at Erie. The MADISON had a severe time of it, and lost one of her pipes.
      Other vessels are mentioned as having gone ashore and sustained more or less damage, we shall probably hear of further disasters, the storm being a most violent one. It appears that sixteen dead bodies were washed ashore at Barcelona on Saturday. -- Toronto Colonist.
      The Argus, Kingston
      November 27, 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 AINSWORTH, 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.
      Onondaga Gazette, Baldwinsville, N.Y.,
      November 30, 1846

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    Latitude: 42.12922 Longitude: -80.08506
William R. McNeil
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Charles Howard (Schooner), aground, 1 Nov 1846