DISASTERS ON LAKE ONTARIO - The steamer COBOURG in a gale, saw a schooner on her beam ends 1/2 a mile from the Ducks, supposed to be the schooner ONTARIO, of Oswego; also saw another schooner on beam ends about 2 miles from the Ducks.
Kingston Chronicle & Gazette
November 14, 1835 p.3
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We learn by the Kingston Gazette and Oswego Observer, that on Tuesday morning last, during a severe gale, the steamer COBOURG on her passage down the lake, saw a schooner on her beam end, about half a mile from the Duck's. Two men were seen upon the wreck, but the state of the weather prevented the possibility of rendering them any assistance. Another schooner was seen by the boat, also a wreck, without the appearance of any human beings on board. From the accounts, the gale nust have been severe, much more so than the one that was lately experienced on Lake Erie. We also learn from the Rochester Daily Advertiser, that 8 schooners were lost during the gale.
Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
November 24, 1835
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DISASTERS ON THE LAKES.---On Tuesday morning the steam boat COBOURG left Toronto on her trip downwards; the weather being then quite moderate she reached Cobourg on the evening of the same day, the weather still continued the same, she left Cobourg at 10 o'clock, but had hardly gone ten miles when a heavy gale from the northeast began to blow, and continued to increase until 3 o'clock the next morning. The wind then suddenly chopped around and blew a perfect hurricane from the north west.
At 4 o'clock saw a schooner on her beam ends, about half a mile from the Ducks, floating, it was supposed in fifteen fathoms water. Two men were seen clinging to the wreck; one of the sufferers had a stick in his hand, at the top of which was attached a handkerchief which he waved as a signal of distress. The state of the weather however, was such that the COBOURG could render no assistance. The sea at this time was washing over the decks of the COBOURG in every direction, and breaking into the cabin through the deck window. Captain Paynter was therefore reluctantly obliged to leave the unfortunates to their fate. The schooner, from the appearance of the hull, was supposed to be the ONTARIO, belonging to Oswego. A short time afterwards saw another schooner about two miles from the Ducks, also afloat on her beam ends, but no appearance of any living creature was seen about her; it was supposed all had perished. The COBOURG for five more hours, suffered the extremity of the gale, during that time her bows were almost always constantly buried in the mountainous seas.
On arriving opposite to Kingston where she had to land three cabin and 15 deck passengers, such was the violence of the storm, that she could not possibly approach the port; she therefore had to carry them down with her to Prescott, and land then at Kingston on her return. The passengers describe Captain Paynter's conduct through this trying scene, to have been everything that could inspire hope and confidence among the ships company, never having, even for one instance, left his post on deck while the gale lasted.
Wednesday, November 25, 1835