The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Nov. 24, 1841

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p.2 Late in Oct. the schooner "Windsor of Kingston" was lying at anchor off the Rond Eau, nearly opposite Chatham, Western District, for the purpose of loading with staves. The Lake was calm - not a ripple disturbed its surface. But in a moment, one of the squalls to which Lake Erie is subject, struck the vessel, and in another her towering masts were level with its waters. Providentially the captain, Joseph Lavis, was near the boat which hung at her stern. He saw the danger of their situation, instantly he sprang forward and cut the ropes which attached the boat to the schooner before it had filled with water. Jumping into the boat, he went to the assistance of his crew whom he found, some clinging to the masts and others to the sides of the sinking vessel, and unexpectedly was enabled to rescue one of the crew, who, on account of a very lame leg, was unfit for duty, and consequently usually remained below, but was, at the moment the squall struck the schooner, on deck.

When all were safely embarked into the boat, they set off in search of the schooner William Penn which had been in company with their own. The William Penn having had previous intelligence of the catastrophe met them, and returning with them in search of their schooner, could find no trace of her remaining. [Church]

Probable Loss of the Onondaga - Serious apprehensions are entertained for the safety of the Schooner Onondaga, belonging to this port. She is a new fine Vessel, and left Chicago under charge of Captain Tuttle, deeply laden with 5,600 bushels of wheat and a quantity of lead, on or about the 18th of October last, in company with the schooners Caledonia and Baltimore. After running down Lake Michigan some two or three hundred miles, they met a tremendous gale, under which the Caledonia run back to Chicago, and the Baltimore rode out the gale under the lee of an Island. Both of these vessels have arrived in port, while the Onondaga with which they parted in the gale, has not been heard of. It is feared she foundered and went down with all on board. [Oswego Com. Herald]

p.3 Steam on the Canal - steamer about to be tried on Erie Canal at Rochester. [Rochester Evening Post]

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Nov. 24, 1841