CLAY, HENRY Brig, ashore on Bois Blanc Island, Lake Huron. Dec. 7, 1850. Total loss - $4,130.
Casualty List for 1850
Erik Hyle's private papers
Marine. - The schooner FRONTIER, owned in this city, was driven ashore in the gale of Saturday night, about 12 miles below Niagara, and near Wilson. She was bound for this port, with a cargo of 6,200 bushels of wheat, from Lake Erie. The Captain telegraphs that the vessel has broken her back, and is full of water. The wheat is insured in the Buffalo Mutual, and $2,500 on the vessel in the Columbus.
The weather was severe on the upper Lakes, in the latter part of last week. It was the propeller OHIO aground at Beaver Island, instead of the Troy, as first reported. The Buffalo Commercial of Monday says the Propeller TROY brought down the crews of the brig HENRY CLAY and schooner BUENA VISTA, the former of which is ashore near Bois Blanc Island, and the later at False Presque Isle. The Brig CONSTELLATION is ashore at Mackinac, but will probably be got off without much damage. The Schooner COLUMBIA has arrived at Mackinac with sails badly torn and leaking slightly. The Schooner EMELINE LEONARD is ashore and sunk at Beaver island, with a cargo of supplies.
There is a report in circulation that the Steamer ST. LOUIS is ashore near Erie. She probably grounded in her endeavors to make that port.
The Schooner G.T. WILLIAMS, arrived last night in a leaky condition, having been out during the whole gale of Friday and Saturday. Capt. Holmes informs us that he left the river in company with the Brigs LOWELL and COLUMBIA, and Schr. EAGLE. The wind commenced blowing a gale from the northeast about 5 o'clock Friday evening, accompanied with snow, and the weather freezing cold. On Saturday the wind hauled to the northwest and the cold was so intense that night, and all day yesterday, that when the water struck the deck it instantly became a mass of ice. The weight of the ice and her cargo had her settled down, when she arrived, to within four inches of the top of the deck, and the Captain thinks if he had not arrived as soon as he did, it would have been difficult to have kept her afloat long, so rapidly did the ice accumulate, and weigh her down. Her cargo may be slightly damaged.
The LOWELL is reported safe in Erie. The COLUMBIA and EAGLE have not been heard from. The GIDDINGS is also reported safe at Erie.
Oswego Commercial Times
Tues., December 10, 1850