The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Wed., Oct. 9, 1876

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The Breeze Yesterday.
Steamers and Vessels Running Back - Lumber Lost and Canvas Blown Away.

It was thought by many sailors that the rising barometer Saturday night betokened fair weather, and at midnight, when the clouds had all been swept away and the moon and stars were shining brightly, it seemed as though the storm had spent itself.

But October weather is very unreliable and so those sailors found who allowed themselves to be lured out on the lake. Early in the morning the steamers Champlain and Maine left port and soon after the schooner Flying Mist went out to battle with the waves.

It required but a few hours to convince the captains that port was the safest place, and while the Maine and Fling Mist returned to port, the latter with her jibs split, the Champlain held her way until she reached Big Sodus, where she sought refuge.

The wind, which had been southwest and west, veered round to the northwest about 9 o'clock and commenced blowing a gale, the seas increasing so rapidly that they swept in with mighty force. While the gale was at its height the schooner Nassau, which had been wind-bound for several days, left port and soon after the tug cast her drift she headed for Sackets Harbor, the only place she could head for with safety.

During the 'forenoon the schooners Albatross and Minnie Blakley, lumber laden, arrived. the former lest about ten thousand feet of lumber, part of her deck load, and the latter lost some lumber and broke her fore-stays and . Saturday night the schooner Peerless arrived with her top-gallant sail in tatters. We are inclined to think that the wires tomorrow will bring us accounts of shipwreck.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Wed., Oct. 9, 1876