The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Gale on Lake Ontario
Onondaga Gazette (Baldwinsville, NY), 19 Apr 1849

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Gale on Lake Ontario

There was a severe gale on Lake Ontario on Friday and Saturday last, which did much damage. The steamer Lady of the Lake, which left Lewiston at 4 o'clock on Friday afternoon, broke her shaft at 10 the same night. The Captain threw over two anchors, but the vessel drifted some two miles before she found anchorage. A bucket was thrown overboard with the following written upon the bottom of it:

"Go to Rochester immediately and tell the steamer Ontario to come and help us. We have broken our shaft, and are going ashore.

Eggleston, of the Lady."

This was picked up on Saturday by a man residing on the lake shore, about 25 miles west of the mouth of the Genesee River, and taken to Rochester that night. At sunrise the next morning, the Ontario started out, and reached the Lady after she had lain at anchor 40 hours in close proximity to a dangerous coast, and brought her safely into shore.

LATER - 9 P.M.

The Ontario returned with the Lady in tow. Capt. Throop of the Ontario, informs us that the Lady of the Lake left Lewiston on Friday afternoon at 4 o'clock, and broke her shaft at 10, same night. Capt. Eggleston threw over two anchors immediately, but the vessel drifted some two miles before she found anchorage. She remained in this perilous position about 40 hours, with signals of distress set. Capt. Throop considers her escape a very narrow one, owing to the difficulty of obtaining an anchorage, and the proximity of a dangerous coast.

The boat has received but little damage other than the breaches made by the sea breaking over her bow. Capt. Throop and crew are entitled to much credit for the prompt and vigorous manner in which they relieved the Lady of the Lake from her hazardous position.

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19 Apr 1849
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Throop, H. N. ; Eggleston, Capt.
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.3857603720259 Longitude: -77.9220344921875
Richard Palmer
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Gale on Lake Ontario