The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Storm and Shipwrecks
Cleveland Herald (Cleveland, OH), 24 Oct 1820, p. 3, column 1

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Storm and Shipwrecks

A severe storm was experienced on Lake Erie oh the 10th inst. Various reports are in circulation, respecting the disasters occasioned by it, which are so contradictory that it is impossible to state with any certainty the number of lives which have been lost, or the amount of the damage which has been sustained. The following are all the particulars we have been able to collect, which are entitled to credit:

The schooner Franklin, captain Haight, belonging to P.S.V. Hamot, of Erie, Pa., arrived off Grand River; the cargo consisting of salt and merchandize for Hamot and Tracy, of Painesville. The captain and passengers landed, after which, the captain perceiving a storm feathering, with some difficulty again went on board, and not being able to enter the harbor, put to sea. The next morning the schooner was discovered about twelve miles from the mouth of the river, and three miles from shore - nothing visible but the tops of the masts. It is supposed she upset and captain Haight and three sailors found a watery grave.

The schooner Elizabeth, captain Naper, of Ashtabula, is also supposed be lost; the bodies of a man and woman, believed to have been on board her, floated ashore near Grand River,

It is reported also, that the schooners Aurora and Wolf were driven ashore; but nothing has been heard respecting them which can be depended on.

The schooner Commodore Perry, owned and commanded by Philo Taylor, Esq., of this village, was driven ashore near Buffalo; but it is said she will be got off without material damage.

We shall probably be able in our next paper, to give a more correct account of these terrible disasters.

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A series of corrections to these statements in a following issue.
Date of Publication:
24 Oct 1820
Richard J. Wright Marine Collection, HCGL, BGSU
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 41.8760040030946 Longitude: -81.945362609375
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Storm and Shipwrecks