Late in Oct. the schooner "Windsor of Kingston" was lying at anchor off the Rond Eau, nearly opposite Chatham, Western District, for the purpose of loading with staves. The Lake was calm - not a ripple disturbed its surface. But in a moment, one of the squalls to which Lake Erie is subject, struck the vessel, and in another her towering masts were level with its waters. Providentially the captain, Joseph Lavis, was near the boat which hung at her stern. He saw the danger of their situation, instantly he sprang forward and cut the ropes which attached the boat to the schooner before it had filled with water. Jumping into the boat, he went to the assistance of his crew whom he found, some clinging to the masts and others to the sides of the sinking vessel, and unexpectedly was enabled to rescue one of the crew, who, on account of a very lame leg, was unfit for duty, and consequently usually remained below, but was, at the moment the squall struck the schooner, on deck.
When all were safely embarked into the boat, they set off in search of the schooner William Penn which had been in company with their own. The William Penn having had previous intelligence of the catastrophe met them, and returning with them in search of their schooner, could find no trace of her remaining. [Church]
Kingston Chronicle & Gazette
November 24, 1841
(Contributed by Rick Neilson)