The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Terrific Gale
Oswego Times & Journal (Oswego, NY), 19 Sep 1856

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Terrific Gale. - The wind commenced blowing yesterday afternoon from the south, and veered into the northwest at about 4 o'clock in the afternoon, and increased in violence till it blew a perfect gale. The brig "E.W. Cross"," Capt. Moore, with a cargo of corn from Chicago for S.J. Holley, of this city, was towed into port this forenoon, having ben pretty much stripped by the squall. Capt. Moore says it was the severest gale he ever saw on the lakes, the wind blowing a perfect hurricane, with the sea rolling at its highest pitch.

The "Cross" was disabled at about 7 o'clock in the evening, the wind carrying away her foremast, fore-to-gallant-mast, yard, and losing her main stay sail, foretop sail, fore top main stay sail, besides doing damage to her rigging.

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19 Sep 1856
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.464144699311 Longitude: -76.5133380889893
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