Shipping Suffered From Severe Storm
Cleveland Vessel in Trouble in St. Clair Flats
Wire Service Crippled
Detroit and Pittsburg Isolated So Far as Telegraphic Communication Was Concerned -- Wind's Velocity in Detroit Reached 48 Miles
(Canadian Press Despatches)
Detroit, Mich., Nov. 9.-- The most severe snow and wind storm of the present season prevailed over this section of the great Lakes to-day and shipping of all descriptions was forced to seek shelter at the nearest ports. Ample warning of a stiff gale had been given, however, and to-night the only vessel reported in trouble in this district was the W. G. Pollock of Cleveland. She had been forced on the bank of the St. Clair flats canal. Her condition was not regarded as dangerous and it was expected that a tug could pull her off as soon as the wind abated.
The steamer Mary Elphicke of the C. W. Elphicke Company of Chicago, which went ashore yesterday off Bar Point, in Lake Erie, has been released and she is now in shelter. The reports last night of an unidentified vessel on the rocks off Point Pelee, in Lake Erie, were not confirmed to-day. The tugs sent to her rescue turned back when passing steamers notified them that they saw no vessel is distress in the locality where the accident was said to have happened.
The wind to-day attained a velocity of forty-six to forty-eight miles an hour on shore. It was said that the velocity was greater on Lake Erie and that the blinding snowstorm made navigation practically impossible. Weather Bureau officials announced to-night there were no indications that the gale would subside before to-morrow at the earliest.
All local telegraph wires were affected to-night.