The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oneida (Steamboat), heavy gale, 1 Oct 1844
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At a meeting of the Passengers on board the Steamboat ONEIDA, October 19th, 1844, Mr. J.H. Lockwood of Rochester, was called to the chair, and Mr. George Mollison of Montreal, was appointed Secretary. After some prefatory remarks by Hon. O.H. Gillet of Ogdensburgh, in which he adverted to the appalling scenes of the extroadorinary gale on Lake Ontario last night and this morning, he offered the following resolution, which, on motion, were unanimously adopted: Resolved, That we tender Capt. R.F. Childs our grateful acknowledgments for the able, cool and sailor-like manner in which he managed the steamboat ONEIDA during the gale which came upon us on our passage from Sackets Harbor to Oswego, under the exciting and appalling circumstances in which we were placed. Few would have been able to save the boat and passengers. He has more than sustained the high reputation he has long enjoyed as being second to no one as a Steamboat Captain on this Lake. Resolved, That the promptness and alacrity with which the Engineer, under officers and crew, and all concerned with the boat performed every duty and every service, calculated to preserve the boat, to quiet the fears and promote the comfort of the passengers, entitle them to high commendation and our lasting gratitude. Resolved, That our thanks are due to Capt. Pierson of the schooner GEN. BROCK, M.L. Barney of Buffalo, and other seamen who were fellow passengers with us, for their prompt and untiring assistance during the time of danger and peril through which we have passed. Resolved, That the proceedings of this meeting be signed by the officers and published.
      I.H. LOCKWOOD, Ch'n. George Mollison, Sec'y.
      Oswego County Whig
      Wednesday, Oct. 23, 1844

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      The Buffalo Commercial Advertiser of Saturday, gives melancholy details of the most disastrous effects of the gale at Buffalo. Six steamboats and a large number of sail vessels and canal boats, were driven ashore, and many of them wrecked. Piers and wharves were broken up and destroyed - many valuable buildings and an immense amount of property was destroyed. Thirty-seven dead bodies were discovered when the Advertiser went to press on Saturday and while the storm was still raging. We have verbal accounts of the discovery of some 90 dead bodies. Whole families perished in their dwellings, floated away by the water or demolished by the wind. Fearful apprehensions are entertained for further accounts from Lake Erie.
      Oswego County Whig
      Wednesday, Oct. 23, 1844

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Reason: heavy gale
Lives: nil
Remarks: Uninjured
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.795555 Longitude: -77.905555
William R. McNeil
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Oneida (Steamboat), heavy gale, 1 Oct 1844