The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
North America (Steamboat), aground, 1 Nov 1835

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Severe Gale - After a season of remarkably fine weather, the Lake has at length been visited by a storm of unusual violence, and we fear disasterous consequences to the shipping and property exposed to its fury. It commenced blowing from the westward this morning before day (Wednesday), and continued unabated, with hail, rain and snow, until we put our paper to press, (Wednesday evening). The older inhabitants never saw the water so high in the bay - the wharves have been nearly all covered, and are stripped of their plank, wood,
And nearly every thing piled upon them. During the morning the Steamboats WILLIAM PENN and NORTH AMERICA came into the harbor. The PENN lies at anchor in the inner bay, opposite the town, the NORTH AMERICA in attempting to go into the little bay, got ashore on the sand bar
of the North break-water, and will probably be left high and dry when the water subsides. Three schooners, during the morning, came into the outer roads - two still hold on and the other, after dragging for some distance, put away before the wind. One of the old war vessels, the DETROIT, lies in the channel, where she grounded last evening, in attempting to bring her to town. Capt. Miles, and about ten men, are on board, completely exposed to the to the fury of the storm, without fire, shelter or provisions. We hope that the violence of the storm will soon abate, that boats can go off to their relief. --- Erie Gaz.
      Cleveland Weekly Herald
      Monday, November 17, 1835; 2:1

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The Late Gale - We continue to receive, from various quarters, distressing particulars of disasters on the Lake, occasioned by the late tremendous gale. The verbal accounts received by passengers from Buffalo, respecting the loss of lives and the destruction of property, have since been fully and amply confirmed by Buffalo papers. These give long and circumstantial particulars of one of the most violent and destructive storms which her citizens were ever called upon to witness. We subjoin a few extracts, by which it will be seen that that portion of the city denominated Lower Buffalo or the Flats, has been completely inundated.
Since writing the above, we have received a slip from the office of the conneaut Gazette, giving the particulars of a shipwreck in that vicinity - and the loss of many valuable lives. The article is also subjoined. The Steam Boat NORTH AMERICA, we learn, has been driven ashore in the harbor of Erie, and somewhat damaged. We have various other reports, but these are of so vague and indefinite a character, that we think it not worth while to publish them.
      Cleveland Daily Herald
      Wednesday, November 17, 1835; 2; 1.

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      We have a letter from Erie, which says the stmr. NORTH AMERICA is against the breakwater, in 2 1/2 ft. of water; the injury at this place is not great.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 19, 1835

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Remarks: Got off
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  • Pennsylvania, United States
    Latitude: 42.12922 Longitude: -80.08506
William R. McNeil
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North America (Steamboat), aground, 1 Nov 1835