The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
St. Catharines Journal (St. Catharines, ON), December 9, 1839

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Gale On Lake Erie - Vessels and men that were on the lake, during the recent gale, experienced much danger and privation. From the appearance of the schr. Erie, which entered our harbour yesterday, one would think that she had been on the Artick expedition with Parry, or acted as a tender to the Ice Witch - so curiously wrought are the figures of frozen ropes and spars.

The Erie was heavily laden with wheat flour and fish, from the upper lake. When off Cleveland, the gale overtook her. Capt. Dorr kept his course for Buffalo believing that to be his safest plan; and was enabled to run before the win safely, until within sight of this city. But night coming on, he was compelled to change his course, and "wear away" for a haven. In doing this the spray dashed over the schooner, at every dive, and was congealed to ice in an instant. Every rope immediately became unmanageable. However, by great exertions, the Erie obtained an anchorage on the Canadian shore, and so passed the night.

In thus attempting to ride out the gale, which was unusually severe and cold. all the spars, except the masts and main boom, were carried away. The galley, with all its appurtenances, small boat, starboard railing, with other articles on deck, were washed overboard, and the wheel rope carried away, while the men suffered intensely from water and frost.

Capt. D. finally managed to get under weigh again, and reach our harbour in safety, without throwing overboard an article of freight. - Ib.

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Peter Warwick
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St. Catharines Journal (St. Catharines, ON), December 9, 1839