The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Syracuse Daily Star (Syracuse, NY), Thurs., Oct. 30, 1851

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The Gale on Lake Erie
Twenty-nine Lives Lost

The propeller Henry Clay, Capt. Geo. Callash, had aboard 30 crew and one female passenger. At 12 o'clock on the night of the 23d broached to when off Long Point, and laid side up in the trough of sea. The captain lashed himself and female to jib stay. Crew all lashed themselves to the rigging. In 20 minutes went to pieces. Deck and cabin went off, and hull turned bottom up. Captain could not unlash himself and jumped off the wreck.

Got hold of pilot house deck with others; held on till day light; wind and sea high. Brig John Martin home down - threw ropes. Keefe caught one. The two others could not catch them. Keefe was dragged a quarter of a mile through the water before he got on board the brig. Saw no more of the raft or companions. Capt. Callash was formerly an officer in the Texas Navy, and was the inventor of signal lanterns now used in distinguishing vessels at sea.

Nothing has ben heard of the steamer Empire, which left Dunkirk on Thursday last for Detroit. It is feared that she went down in the gale on Thursday night, and every soul on board perished.

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Richard Palmer
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Syracuse Daily Star (Syracuse, NY), Thurs., Oct. 30, 1851