The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Syracuse Daily Star (Syracuse, NY), 12 Oct 1850

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From the Oswego Journal Gale on Saturday


On Saturday, a gale of great severity from the north west threw the lake into a perfect foam. During the afternoon, the waves dashed with fearful violence over the piers and as a large number of vessels were seen running before the wind down the lake crowds of people assembled on the docks to see them enter the harbor.

We mentioned on Saturday that the "Cincinnati" from Toledo dragged her anchors and came near being wrecked upon the ledge on the easterly side of the harbor. A large number of schooners arrived during the afternoon and evening, and as they came in between the piers, where the surf was running alarmingly high, the greatest anxiety was felt. Fortunately, no disaster occurred. The steamer Cataract came up the lake about 4 o clock. She was obliged to run up the lake a mile or two, as a schooner was in the way, and then came about and entered the harbor, careening almost to her wheel house as she ran between the piers.

The U.S. Revenue Cutter, Capt. Moore, arrived yesterday from a cruise through the lakes. We learn from him, that when near Cape Vincent on the 28th the Cutter boarded the schooner O. V. Brainard from Oswego, the Capt. Of which reported the loss of a schooner, supposed to be the "Neptune", of Sackets Harbor, which was capsized and sunk in the gale of that day between this port and the Ducks. All hands suppose to be lost, as no boat was discovered to leave the wreck, from the mast head of the Brainard. The gale was so severe, that it is feared other disaster may have occurred.

We learn the lost schooner had seven men on board. She left this harbor Saturday morning, heavily loaded.

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12 Oct 1850
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.7097443152259 Longitude: -76.5703125670552
Richard Palmer
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