The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Argus (Kingston, ON), December 1, 1846

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TERRIBLE GALE -- TWO VESSELS LOST. -- The wind commenced blowing strongly from the north west about three o'clock yesterday morning, and soon increased to a fearful gale, which continued with little abatement during the day. The waters of the lake were in a frightful commotion, and the effects of the blow were felt within the walls of our harbor. Two vessels broke from their moorings just within the west pier and were driven on the rocks at the foot of Fort Ontario.

One of them, the AINSWORTH, of Cleveland, was dismasted and thrown on her beam ends, where she now lies a total wreck. She was cleared only the day previous with a cargo of salt for Cleveland. The Canadian schooner GRAMPUS is the other vessel wrecked. She had recently been repaired and refitted - having lost two masts and been otherwise injured in the gale of October, and was to have sailed yesterday morning with a heavy cargo of oak timber. All day the sea broke over her to the height of the fore-top. She has broken amidships and will doubtless be a total loss. She was a large and valuable vessel, belonging to Hamilton. The crews of the two vessels were taken off in the morning by the yawl of the Revenue Cutter. ---- Oswego Whig.

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Jack Messmer
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Argus (Kingston, ON), December 1, 1846