DISASTERS ON THE LAKES.
The steamer Lexington is back at last from Detroit. After repairing her false sides, and coating her bow with sheet iron, at Cleveland, so as to withstand the action of the ice, she left, downward bound, on Friday, and on Saturday night, when a short distance west of Erie, fire was discovered issuing in a solid column around the smokepipes for some distance above the deck. It was, however, subdued.
We learn that the schooner Favorite, Keeler, master, with a cargo of hardware, stoves, pipes, apples, sugar and molasses, is sunk in the lake, is sunk in the lake, some eight miles off Monroe. She, in company with the Sizer, and several others, attempted to go west from Cleveland, but encountering much ice, the vessels attempted to make port the best way they could.
Captain Trowbridge sent us the following in relation to the wreck seen on the Canada shore:-
Normandale, Long Point, C.W., December 4th.
I learned from a party who have recently returned from the Point, that a large foretopsail schooner went down at her anchor on the night of 18th Nov., and all on board perished. She came to off the pitch of the Point, on the afternoon of the 17th, having lost her foresail, and, being otherwise disabled, lay there repairing damages, until the next evening, when she was struck by a squall and went to the bottom. Her topgallant yard is out of the water.
The current report in Buffalo when I left, that the wreck of the Texas had come ashore between Gravelly Bay and Long Point, proves to be incorrect. All that remains of her is on the west shore of the Point.
The report of a man coming ashore from the schooner Ocean, is ascertained to be untrue. All on board of that vessel were lost.
The schooner ashore at Point Waubashanks (sic) were seen by the Cleveland, and supposed to be a lower laker, because those on board the steamer not identifying her. The Pilot is a small new vessel, and left this port on the 25th October.
During the severe weather and blow at Chicago, 27th ult., the steamer Champion, Capt. Ward, rendered good service in getting into port three vessels that had dropped south of the piers, with their rigging frozen, and the wind fresh from the northward. The vessels rescued from their perilous positions by the heroism of Capt. Ward, are the O. Richmond, Vermont and N. Douseman.
The Journal of the 29th says: "This morning before daylight, Captain Ward left the harbour in search of a vessel, which was seen last evening about five miles from the end of the pier, unable to make the port. In consequence of a heavy fog, the vessel could not be made out, though Capt. Ward searched for some hours, at the same time blowing off steam, occasionally firing guns, ringing the boat's bell, etc." Subsequent advices say she proved to be the Ottawa, lying at anchor about 7 miles in a south easterly direction, with rigging frozen and sails covered with ice. The Champion brought the vessel into port upon second trial. The schooner Bowen got within the piers at Chicago on the 28th with considerable difficulty. The Captain had several of his fingers frozen. The sails were so stiff that they had to pound them with clubs and put salt on them in order to use them. The master reports six vessels ashore on the east side of the Lake within 30 miles of each other, but did not know their names. [Buffalo Advertiser, Dec. 8th]