The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Commodore Perry (Schooner), aground, 10 Oct 1820

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A severe storm was experienced on lake Erie on the 10th. inst. Various reports are in circulation, respecting the disasters occasioned by it, which are so contradictory that it is impossible to state with any certainty the number of lives which may have been lost, or the amount of the damage which has been sustained. The following are all the particulars we have been able to collect, which are entitled to credit:
      The schooner FRANKLIN, Captain Haight, belonging to P. S. V. Hamot, of Erie, Pa., arrived off Grand River; the cargo consisting of salt and merchandize for Hamot & Tracy, of Painesville. The captain and passengers landed, after which, the captain perceiving a storm gathering, with some difficulty again went on board, and not being able to enter the harbor, put to sea. The next morning the schooner was discovered about twelve miles from the mouth of the river, and three miles from shore--nothing visible but the tops of the masts. It is supposed she upset and Captain haight and three sailors found a watery grave.
      The schooner ELIZABETH, Captain Napier, of Ashtabula, is also supposed to be lost; the bodies of a man and a woman, believed to have been on board of her, floated ashore near Grand River.
      It is reported also, that the schooners AURORA and WOLF were driven ashore; but nothing has been heard respecting them which can be depended on.
      The schooner COMMODORE PERRY. owned and commanded by Philo Taylor, Esq., of this village was driven ashore near Buffalo; but it is said she will be got off without material damage.
      We shall probably be able in our next paper, to give a more correct account of these terrible disasters.
      Cleveland Weekly Herald
      Tuesday, October 24, 1820
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The schooner COMMODORE PERRY remains on shore, having received considerable injury.
      Cleveland Weekly Herald
      Tuesday, October 31, 1820

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      Buffalo, November 28.
      SEVERE GALE:- A gale was experienced in this vicinity on Saturday night last, which exceeded in severity any felt heretofore for several years. Of its effects on vessels on the lakes, we have, as yet, learnt few particulars. The schooner ERIE, which left here for Detroit, on Friday evening, lost one of her masts, and was driven back. The schooner COMMODORE PERRY, which was ashore a short distance above the pier, was completely stove to pieces, by the violence of the waves. Several vessels were also driven ashore at Black Rock, some of which were considerably injured, amomg them the schooner BEAVER, and the U. S. Revenue Cutter DALLAS
      Cleveland Weekly Herald
      Tuesday, December 12, 1820

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      On the 25th ult. a very severe gale was experienced on Lake Erie. The schr. ERIE which left Buffalo on the 24th for this place was driven back with the loss of one of her masts. The COM. PERRY was driven ashore and stove to pieces, a short distance above the pier at that place, and several vessels were also driven ashore at Black Rock and considerably injured -- among them were the schrs. BEAVER and the U.S. revenue cutter DALLAS.
      Capt's. Brant and Whiting, and several other gentlemen who took passage on the ERIE, have since arrived at this place through Canada.
      Detroit Gazette
      December 15, 1820

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    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
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Commodore Perry (Schooner), aground, 10 Oct 1820