The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Nov. 17, 1867

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DISASTROUS GALE ON LAKE ERIE. - Buffalo is noted for zephyrs - not only for the soft, mild, gentle ones - but for zephyrs that shake substantial buildings, toss boats about in the harbor as if they were corks, throw down chimneys, and do considerable damage. Consequently when our citizens hear the wind blowing and howling rather loudly, they do not feel very much alarmed, but yesterday morning from one to three o'clock their ears were saluted with such a din as it has not been their lot to encounter for some years. It is not too much to say that the wind blew a perfect hurricane - and that our citizens felt somewhat alarmed. Fortunately no material damage has been done in the city. We wish that we could say the same of the lakes, but from the intelligence that has reached us we know the gale has proved very disastrous to shipping.

The schooner W. W. Arnold was carried on the breakwater at the mouth of this harbor, and was not gotten off for several hours, although some five or six tugs went to her relief.. When brought into port she was leaking badly.

The bark P. S. Marsh, which arrived here yesterday morning, had two sailors washed overboard near grand River during the storm, and drowned. They, with two others , were at work on the jibboom, and a large wave struck the party, washing two overboard. The other two saved themselves by catching ropes. The names of the two men lost are Cyrus Gates, aged twenty-six, who lived in Indiana, shipped here for the round trip; Frederick Pierce, who shipped at Milwaukee, and whose place of residence is unknown.

The propeller Acme, of the Western Transportation Company's Line, encountered the gale in all its fury, and foundered 15 miles N. N. E. from Dunkirk, in the middle of the lake. She was bound to this port, had no passengers, and all her crew were saved. Her cargo consisted of 7,397 bushels corn, consigned to Messrs. Barclay, Bruce & Co.; 75 barrels of flour to Harvey & Allen; 344 green hides to Rumsey & Co.; 2,190 barrels of flour, 238 barrels and 1,000 tierces of beef, 200 tierces of lard, to the Erie Railroad; and sundries to other parties. When Captain Dickson saw that all hopes of saving his vessel were gone, he ordered that the men take to their life-boats, which was done. One of the boats was discovered when some distance from land, by the officer of the deck of the revenue cutter Perry, which was lying at Dunkirk, and a boat well manned was at once dispatched under care of a Lieutenant to tow in the shipwrecked party, which was promptly done, and the men cared for. Another boat landed safely four miles east of Dunkirk, and the third, and last, landed at Silver Creek. The Commodore Perry arrived here about dark last night and brought the crew of the Acme and their boats.

The Acme was built in 1856; was valued at $50,000; was 702 tons measurement, old style, and ranked as B. 1. She was insured for $33,000 in six different companies, all Eastern.

The brig Gen. Worth, as we learn from D. P. Dobbins and Sons, foundered off Barcelona, and the debris yesterday was going ashore at that port. No particulars have yet been received, and fears are entertained for the safety of the crew.

The Gen. Worth was owned by Messrs. Richardson & Rosenburg, of this city; was 257 tons measurement, old style; was built in 1848; was valued at $7,000, and ranked at B. 2.

The schooner Supply is reported ashore above Port Colborne, but no particulars have yet been received here.

A vessel is reported sunk above Sturgeon Point, on the south shore. Her fore gaff was visible above the water. Nothing was heard of the crew and it is feared that they were lost.

A schooner laden with coal went ashore at Black Rock, the name of which we did not learn.

The schooner Mountaineer, bound to Ogdensburg, from Toledo, laden with corn, dragged her anchor at Cedar Island, and went ashore. Her cargo is badly damaged.

The schooner Atlanta had a very narrow escape from foundering, but by knocking off a portion of the bulwarks and keeping the men hard to work, Capt. Crowley managed to weather the gale, and made this port yesterday morning.

The schooner George Worthington lost her foremast and maintopmast, and sustained other damages. She reached here last evening.

The bark Queen City lost her large anchor and most of her large chain; the bark Corning also lost her large anchor.

A few hours will, in all probability, bring us tidings of fresh disasters, for seamen report that they had the roughest time on Lake Erie during the gale that they have ever experienced. - Buffalo Courier, Nov. 5th.

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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Nov. 17, 1867