The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Nov. 1, 1880

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A Very Destructive Storm.
Vessels Wrecked and Cargoes Lost and Damaged

The storm of Saturday night and yesterday seems to have done great damage in the aggregate to vessels and cargoes afloat on this lake. The wind was very high and heavy squalls of rain and hail swept over the lakes. Among the disasters reported are these:

The Odd Fellow Ashore

Captain W. H. Newcomb of the schooner E. K. Hart, which arrived today with lumber from Port Hope, says that he ran into Charlotte at 11 p.m. Saturday for shelter and left for Oswego at 12 p.m. yesterday. The Schr. Odd Fellow was ashore six miles west of Charlotte , breaking up, and with her cargo, about 300,000 shingles from Port Hope for E.M. Upton, Charlotte, was likely to prove a total loss. She ran on at 9 p.m. Saturday with wind strong from the east. There was no insurance on vessel or cargo. She is owned and sailed by Capt. James. Robinson of Port Hope.

The Mary Ann Lydon's Mate

The mate of the Mary Ann Lydon which arrived from Port Hope with lumber for J. K. Post and others, says that they ran into Fair Haven at midnight Saturday for shelter. When they left Fair Haven for Oswego this morning and after the vessel had got fairly underway while he was standing near the mainsail, clearing up the reef tackle coil, the vessel lurched and he slid of the lumber deckload. Going over he grabbed the peak down-haul and hung on until the captain pulled him aboard. He was pretty well wet.

The Unknown Vessel in Distress

Captain Tate of the Schooner Flora Emma, which arrived yesterday from Whitby, reports that at 6 a.m. yesterday he saw a vessel eight miles south of the Ducks, a laden fore-and- after apparently bound for Oswego. She was alright then with mainsail set. A few minutes later he looked for her and found that she had lost her mainsail and about a third of the mainmast. There was a big sea running wind N.N. W. and the unknown vessel ws heading westward when last seen. She could not have worked to the north shore and as she has not arrived fears are entertained for her safety.

The Gipsy Not Reported.

The captain of the Schr. L. B. Stone, which arrived from Cape Vincent yesterday says that the schooner Gipsy, grain laden, Clayton to Oswego, was in company with him about four miles astern, until 6 p.m. when near the Gallops, at which time the Gipsy was lost sight of. He saw a light to the windward at 7:30 last evening, undoubtedly that of a vessel. The Gipsy has not reported and her whereabouts is a mystery

The Marysburg's Experience.

The Schr. Marysburg, with 11,990 bushels of barley from Toronto for C. C. Morton, Oswego, while in tow of the tug Morey, coming inside the harbor yesterday forenoon struck bottom and after getting above the elevators grounded and remained on for over an hour. She was badly twisted and had three feet of water, wetting 1,700 bushels of her cargo. She was docked and is repairing. It is thought when she struck she was wrenched and the oakum knocked out. She lost her fly gib on the way over.

Other Casualties

While the Bermuda was coming in yesterday afternoon a big sea boarded her, throwing the icebox through the side of the cabin and filling the captain's room with water. She got into a trough of the sea and rolled frightfully just at the mouth of the harbor

While the Jennie White was making this harbor yesterday a sea broke her yawl and davits.

Schr Annie Minnes lost 22,000 feet of her deck load of lumber off Fair Haven at 8 a.m. yesterday. She arrived today. Her cargo from Cobourg was consigned to J. K. Post.

From Charlotte

Charlotte, Nov. 1. Lighters are at work at the Odd Fellow and hope to get her into harbor to-night. The schooner Breck, Nellie Teresa, W.A. Hall Snow Bird and Wood Duck are now in harbor. The Wood Duck just ran back to shelter.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Nov. 1, 1880