Edith (Schooner), struck pier, 8 Nov 1865
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A Gale On The Lake. - The most severe gale of the season was experienced yesterday. It sprung up from the north-west about 6 o'clock in the morning, accompanied with rain and snow, and increased in fury with the progressing hours. The lake was lashed into a perfect foam, the huge waves being driven against the piers in this harbor with a violence that threatened their destruction, the spray flying in the air far above the light-house. During the gale a number of vessels made port, with only flying jibs set, and they flew over the storm-tossed billows with almost the speed of the wind itself.
A number of disasters are already reported. A vessel is ashore at Baldwin¹s Bay. The MORNING STAR, loaded with lumber is ashore three miles above the city. Still another, name unknown, is ashore about eight miles above. The schooner CZAR, from Chicago, loaded with corn, was towed up the river by the tug TORNADO. her foreboom swung round and knocked off first the smokestack of the tug and then the wheel-house. The man at the wheel had a narrow escape, but was unhurt.
A most thrilling scene was presented by the struggles of the lumber vessel EDITH, while beating up from below to make this port. She had foresail out under double-reef, and jibs set, which seemed necessary to keep her off shore and at every roll of the sea her mast almost touched the water. She had a very narrow escape from being dashed against the east pier. She struck once, just as she was rounding, but not with full force, and luckily so far astern as to enable her to swing around inside the channel. She was watched with breathless suspense from many a window, and her escape from destruction seemed almost a miracle. A small part of her deck-load was knocked overboard when she struck and her anchor broken.
Monday, November 8, 1865
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New York, United States
- William R. McNeil
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Maritime History of the Great Lakes