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Emily (Schooner), gale damage, 2 Oct 1840

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      A heavy and destructive gale has been raging here since midnight. It commenced blowing from the south, then veered to the southwest, with increased fury, and swelling the water to within 6 inches of the highest mark of 1835. The flats adjacent to the ship yard are inundated and considerable damage has been done to the shipping. We gather the following: The stm. MICHIGAN and VERMILLION, drifted from their moorings and went ashore near the ship yard. The schr. BANCROFT, with a full cargo of flour and wheat, was ran foul of in the creek and every spar cut off even with the deck. Cargo saved. Schr. MARTHA FREME came in during the gale this morning and on rounding the pier, ran against it and sprang a leak, she, however, reached the dock and is now still afloat, both pumps are kept going. The brig NORTH CAROLINA, schrs. CHESAPEAKE, BUFFALO, CAMBRIA, LEXINGTON and several others were overtaken on the lake and experienced much difficulty in reaching port. The CAMBRIA lost every inch of canvas and entered the harbor in a dreadful plight. The schr. LEXINGTON and JAS. KING, are stranded below the lighthouse, but will sustain but little injury. The brig INDIANA drifted up the harbor during the night, carrying with her several scows which are now high and dry on the flats. The brig ERIE is also away from her berth. The new schooner EMILY has all her starboard railing carried away, and
the following vessels are materially injured in spars and rigging: stm. FULTON, brig NORTH CAROLINA, schrs. COMMODORE, FLORIDA, BUCKNOR, TIPPECANOE, RUGGLES, ALPS, MITCHELL and others.
      A lumber scow from Irving is sunk near Parson's & Co.'s warehouse, and 3 bridges are much damaged on Main St, Lloyd St. and Ohio St. A large warehouse owned by Mr. Dart, on the flats opposite the store house of Messrs. Gelston and Evans, fell in and is minus the roof. The canal boat FREE TRADER, was caught under the Main St. bridge, but not entirely sunk. There is also a fleet of scows driven up in various parts, but not otherwise injured. The schr. NAVIGATOR lost some spars and all her bulwarks on the larboard side.
      We hear reports of 2 lives lost, but cannot trace them to any foundation in fact. There were, however, some serious accidents which occurred. A man belonging to the brig INDIANA, by the name of Brown, got his foot entangled with the chain cable
and suffered dreadfully. It was lacerated to such a degree, that amputation was necessary. Another man named Davidson, of the schr. BUFFALO, had his leg broken by being caught between the rolling casks. This we believe to be the most important personal
-injury-done. As m-a-y-be supposed, there-was much loss of lumber, wood, swine, &c., by the inundation.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      October 3, 1840 2-2

      From the Buffalo Commercial of Saturday.--GALE - A heavy and destructive gale has been raging here since midnight. It commenced blowing from the South, then veered to the Southwest with increased fury. The new schooner EMILY has all her starboard railing carried away, and the following vessels are all materially injured in spars and rigging. -- Steamboat FULTON, Brig NORTH CAROLINA, Schooners COMMODORE, FLORIDA, BUCKNOR, TIPPECANOE, ALPS, MITCHELL and others.
      Cleveland Daily Herald
      Wednesday, October 7, 1840 p.2 col.4

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Reason: gale damage
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
William R. McNeil
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Emily (Schooner), gale damage, 2 Oct 1840