THE LATE STORM. -- A heavy storm from the west, attended with successive squalls of snow, commenced here the evening of the 8th inst., and continued during the night and the shole of the succeeding day, with a violence seldom equalled. The water in our harbor was raised several feet above its ordinary level. Some damage was done to our wharves, &c. The steamboat WILLIAM PEACOCK, lying at Mr. Reed's pier, broke from her moorings, dragged her anchors, and went ashore, where she now lies nearly out of water. It will cost a large sum to get her off....
April 14, 1831
THE LATE GALE. - The damage by the late gale appears to have been serious in different quarters. On Lake Ontario, the Schr. PRESCOTT, laden with upwards of 5,000 bushels of wheat in bulk was driven from her mooring at the mouth of York Bay and foundered. The crew and passengers were taken off by Capt. Richardson, of the steamboat CANADA, after remaining on the wreck several hours, with the exception of three men, one of whom was frozen to death before assistance could be afforded, the other two were drowned in the forecastle. One or two of the persons rescued were so badly frozen that fears are entertained for their recovery. The Schrs. GEORGE the FOURTH, LADY COLBORNE and LADY HILLIER, were also driven ashore in the Bay.
We have heard rumors of the loss of one or more vessels on Lake Erie, but we are inclined to think they are without foundation. The only serious damage that has come to our knowledge, is that which happened to the Stm. WILLIAM PEACOCK, lying in Erie harbor. It appears that during the violence of the gale she broke from her mooring, dragged both her anchors, and finally went ashore near the public pier, where she now lies nearly out of water. It is thought that she will not be got off without considerable trouble and expense. The wharves received some damage during the storm.
In Sandusky Bay, two hands attached to a wooden boat owned by J.W. Hollister & Co., were frozen to death. Their names were Jones and Wallace. The boat was up the Bay at the time the storm commenced, and before a place of safety could be reached, they had perished. The survivor of the crew, whose name is Henry James, was badly frozen and narrowly escaped with his life, after making great exertions to save his companions.
The Schr. SIR HENRY, Brown master, was driven ashore in Maumee Bay. She has since been got off, sails and rigging much injured.
Buffalo Journal & General Advertiser
April 20, 1831