The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Cornell (Propeller), gale damage, 12 Aug 1900

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      Cleveland, Sept. 12. -- The tail end of the west Indian Hurricane, which swept over lake Erie last night, proves to have been the most disastrous storm that has visited this section in several years. The winds at one time attained a velocity of 60 miles an hour, and it was then blowing directly from the west, having practically a clear sweep of the whole lake. Dispatches tonight begin to tell of the shipping disasters that resulted from the gale. At least two vessels were sunk, carrying down with them several persons, and a number of vessels have reached port in a badly demolished condition.
      The JOHN B. LYON, a 255 foot steamer, owned by J. C. Gilchrist of this city, foundered about five miles off Conneaut, O., and all but two of her crew of 16 were lost. The schooner DUNDEE sank about fifteen miles off this port, and the cook, a woman, was drowned, the master and crew escaping on a raft.
      The steamer CITY OF ERIE, with 300 passengers aboard, left Buffalo at 7 o'clock last evening. A moderate wind was blowing at the time. When off the port of Conneaut the steamer was struck by a terrific westerly gale that had begun blowing. She encountered a tidal wave which went clear over the bulwarks, smashing some of the upper works. The engine was slowed down and the steamer headed for the Canadian shore for safety. She arrived here at 4 o'clock this afternoon, 10 hours late, with all her passengers safe.
      The steamer MAGIC left this port Tuesday evening, but was unable to buffet the sea. She was badly battered, but a tug finally brought her back to port.
      The steamer CORNELL, light, left last evening for Fairport, to pick up her consort, the schooner BRYN MAWR, which had dragged her anchor and drifted eight miles down the lake. The CORNELL finally succeeded in picking up the BRYN MAWR, but the sea knocked off her smokestack and damaged her otherwise.
      The steamer IROQUOIS ashore near this city, but was taken off by a tug.
      The tug MORGAN, bound down the lake with a Standard Oil barge in tow, encountered the steamer ROBERT RHODES in distress, making for shelter behind Pelee Island. The RHODES had been badly battered and most of her bulwarks were gone.
      The steamer LYON, which was sunk off Conneaut, was valued at $60,000. The names of the crew, only two of whom were said to have escaped, are : Capt. A. H. Fenghas, master; L. Carlson, first mate; G. Taylor, second mate; Charles Willows, chief engineer; B. Brown, second engineer; G. Laskiel, cook; Mrs. Laskiel, second cook; J. Spencer and W. Smith, firemen; F. King and M. Nestor, watchmen; W. Brand and P. Bishop, wheelmen; M. Robinson; C. Glover and C, J Vanasky, deck hands.
      Saginaw Courier-Herald
      September 13, 1900

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Reason: gale damage
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    Latitude: 41.75004 Longitude: -81.27399
William R. McNeil
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Cornell (Propeller), gale damage, 12 Aug 1900