The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Rochester Union (Rochester, NY), Friday, May 6, 1853

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Gale on Lake Ontario - Vessel Wrecked.

A heavy gale from the North-east, swept over Lake Ontario and last night, and we regret to state it has been attended with serious disasters to the shipping. Two schooners were wrecked near the harbor of Genesee, and it is not improbable that we shall hear of wrecks at other points along the south shore.

The schooner Vincennes of Sandusky, from the upper Lake, bound for Oswego, attempted to make this harbor last night during the gale, but did not succeed, and went ashore east of the east pier. It is probably that she will prove a total loss.

A small schooner, name unknown, laden with lumber, from some of the Canada ports was wrecked just east of the Vincennes. We have no further particulars in relation to her, but do not learn that any lives were lost.

The steamer Niagara from Oswego, attempted to get into our harbor sometime about midnight, but did not succeed, and stood off up the lake. We presume she went to Niagara River. We are often visited by a gale that prevents steamers from coming into the river.

P.S. Since the above was written, we learn from Deputy Collector Shaw, that the Vincennes will probably be saved though her cargo will prove mostly a lost. The other schooner was the New Haven, and she with her cargo will probably be saved. The Niagara steamer made three attempts to get in before she gave up.

The Cataract from Lewiston, came in about 2 this morning, and owing to high water in the river, had a wheel somewhat damaged by striking the dock.

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Richard Palmer
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Rochester Union (Rochester, NY), Friday, May 6, 1853