The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chicago Democrat (Chicago, IL), 25 November 1835

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THE LATE GALE. - The Gale on Lake Michigan, has been much more severe and destructive of life and property than we were aware of at the publication of our last paper, none but imperfect accounts have as yet reached us,and they are of the most melancholy character.

The Schr. Bridget, as stated last week lies about eight miles off the mouth of the St. Joseph River, with her Keel upwards and moored by her anchor. The cause of her loss we cannot ascertain as all on board (fifteen in number) were lost. Capt. Drouillard and wife were on board together with two female missionaries on their way to Mackinac.

The Schr. Austerlitz, is beached on the eastern shore of the Lake, at a point known as the "Sleeping Bear" and is a wreck, together with the loss of her valuable cargo of 25 or $30,000, principally the property of Messrs Newbery& Dole of this place. Two passengers (names not ascertained) were washed from the deck and drowned.

The Schooner Marengo lies on the beach about forty miles below St. Joseph, but is not materially injured - crew and passengers saved.

The Schooner Utica, owned by A. Clybourn, Esq. of this place, is probably wrecked and will be entirely lost.

The Schooner Chance. Two rumors are in circulation in regard to this vessel - one, that she lies on the beach, where she was run by her captain; the other, that her Hull has come ashore, keel upwards - all on board lost.

The Schooner Lafayette still lies on the rocks at Macinac, [sic] with a hole through the bottom - most of the cargo lost.

The Schooners Swan and Lodi have not been heard from, and no doubt exists but that they are wrecked and all on board lost. Goods which were known to have been stowed in the hole [sic] of the Lodi have been picked up on the beach of the Lake.

The number of lives lost is between forty and fifty. We would be thankful to any one who would furnish us with the names of those lost, that we may publish them for the benefit of their friends.

We understand that the gale extended east to Lake Erie, with the most disastrous consequences. The particulars we have not yet learned.

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Robert C. Myers
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Chicago Democrat (Chicago, IL), 25 November 1835