NAVIGATION CLOSED.--The navigation of the Lakes may now be considered as closed. A more disasterous Fall for vessels has not been known for some years. Many having been seriously injured, several have not been heard of for some time, and three or four have been wrecked. The following from the Fredonia Censor, shows the disasters on that part of the lake. "DISASTERS ON THE LAKE-- The weather has been, for a week or two past, unusually rough and stormy on the Lake, rendering navigation difficult and dangerous. The schooner DUNKIRK PACKET, Captain G. Patterson, went ashore Monday last, near Silver Creek, with a cargo of merchandize, salt &c., a great part of which, it is feared, will be entirely lost or much damaged.
The schooner FAIR PLAY, Captain Fitch, also went ashore, last week, a little distance below Cattaraugus Creek. She broke from her mooring at Erie during the gale, and after drifting about the lake for three days and two nights, during the whole of which time it snowed so fast they could not tell where they were, and to add to their distressed condition, being entirely destitute of fire and provisions, drove ashore as stated. To keep from freezing, the crew, (three in number, including the Captain, one being on shore, when she broke her moorings) frequently exercised themselves on deck, with what is called "rough and tumble." She was in ballast. We are informed that since she ran ashore, she has drifted off, and, without any one on board, "has gone to parts unknown."
Cleveland Weekly Herald
Thursday, December 3, 1829
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