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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Nov. 21, 1835

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p.3 Destructive Gales at the West - on Seneca Lake the steamer Geneva lost her tow of boats, and three sank, and one or two went ashore. [Geneva Courier]

Unprecedented Storm - ....The following are the particulars, as far as we have been able to gather them:

As to the amount of damage done to the shipping, it is difficult, in the confusion of the moment, to ascertain. The schooner Tecumseh is on the point of the pier, and will probably be lost. Two vessels, names unknown, are ashore in the bay, south of the light house. Several vessels came in during the height of the gale, sails and spars much injured, and by running foul of other craft in the harbor, have been seriously damaged. The steam boat United States came in during the gale, and was run into by the Com. Perry, both of which were much damaged by the concession (sic). Several steam boats, the Sandusky, Ohio, Chas. Townsend, Henry Clay, and Sheldon Thompson are aground, and must have sustained more or less injury. The schooner Florida, of Oswego, lies high and dry, about 200 feet upon the beach, near the ship canal. The Benj. Rush was upon one of the docks....

...Schooner Eclipse lost one mast, and schooner Canadian lost both. The steam boat W.F.P. Taylor received considerable injury, by being run into by the schooner Helen.... [Buffalo Comm. Advert., 12th]

Decrease of Trade in the Town of Kingston - from various causes.

Last evening we were again visited with a gale from the south-west, which increased, in the course of a few hours, to a perfect hurricane, and almost exceeded the storm of the 11th. At 8 o'clock the Brockville steamer was driven from her moorings at Bath, into the Bay, where both her smoke pipes were carried away, and went clear over her sides into the water, breaking away in their fall bulwarks and everything they came in contact with. She, however, gallantly rode out the gale at anchor, with the assistance of her engine, without receiving any further injury.

We are happy to give insertion to the following article sent to us for publication by the passengers of the boat, expressive of their grateful feelings for the unremitting attention bestowed by the Captain and officers during the gale for the safety of all concerned.

Steam Boat Brockville,

Nov. 21st, 1835.

We, the passengers on board the Steam Boat Brockville, on the night of the 20th inst., when her smoke-pipes were carried away and other damage done the Boat by the gale of wind, beg to express our thanks to Capt. Brown, Mate and Pilot for their good management, and feel assured that every thing was done by them for the safety of the Boat and Passengers that was in their power to do under existing circumstances, and the damage done the Boat was not for want of skill in managing the Boat at the time of this disaster.

(Signed by 8 passengers)

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Nov. 21, 1835