The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
St. Catharines Journal (St. Catharines, ON), October 27, 1837

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The Gale - On Thursday night and yesterday morning, we were visited by one of the most violent gales of wind that have for many years have experienced in this part of the country. The wind came form the south, or nearly south, blowing directly into our harbour. The steamer Bytown, which was lying on the west side of Counter's Wharf, and ready to proceed to Bytown yesterday morning, was driven on shore and totally wrecked., the upper cabin and deck being entirely carried off. Capt. Bowen of the Bytown, we regrett to learn, has lost nearly £200, which he had in his trunk and a parcel containing about £1,000 belonging to the Commercial Bank has been lost.

A barge belonging to the Ottawa Company, loaded with a large quantity of flour and potash was sunk. The barge has since been taken up and is now on the marine railway undergoing the necessary repairs. The extent of damage suffered by the Bytown cannot yet be ascertained, but we are happy to learn that the machinery is uninjured.

The Commodore Barrie had a narrow escape. She lost one of her paddles, and received some slight injuries otherwise. She will be ready, however, to proceed on her regular trips on Monday evening.

The loss of property at Counter's Wharf in consequence of this gale is estimated at $1,500. - King. Chronicle

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Peter Warwick
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St. Catharines Journal (St. Catharines, ON), October 27, 1837