p.2 from the York Observer.
The occasion of my addressing you must form my only apology for this communication, which I hope may not be considered out of place.
It has perhaps seldom occurred for years past that so violent a storm has been experienced in the upper part of Lake Ontario, as was witnessed the past week. It commenced on Tuesday and continued with unabated violence, until the after part of Sunday. During that period, several vessels were under the necessity of coming to an anchor by stress of weather near Burlington Beach. Yet it is a matter of consolation that less damage was sustained than might with the greatest propriety have been anticipated in that portion of the Lake. The Breakwater or protecting pier of the harbour at Burlington Bay, being placed in seventeen feet water, sustained much less injury than might have been expected by those who are not aware of its permanence. It being in an unfinished state, although it is rapidly progressing. A few cords of stone were washed out by the swells that rolled over it; there being no deck, nor the height being complete as is intended when finished. Six sticks of timber were beat off from one of the cribs of the south wing; being all the damage that those works have sustained, that I can learn, except two scows belonging to the contractor of that work which drifted ashore and were somewhat injured. The permanence of the works is now established beyond a doubt in the minds of the most incredulous, who have visited them and pretended to express an opinion. One schooner, viz. "The Rebecca and Eliza" belonging to William Chisholm Esq. moored within the harbour on the first day of the storm and rode there in perfect safety during its continuance.
Another, viz. "the Julia," was driven on shore within half a mile of the Breakwater, having rode out in the storm until she became too much disenabled to make the harbour. The present prospect of a good harbour and safe mooring situated at the most dangerous extremity of the Lake may well be a source of gratification to the owners and masters of vessels, as well as to the inhabitants in general within its vicinity.