Various Towns, CT, MA, ME Extreme Gale Damages Coast, Nov 1851
THE LATE GALE -- DAMAGE TO SHIPPING, &c.
In addition to the intelligence of disasters to shipping and property which is given by out telegraphic dispatches, the papers from the Eastward teem with accounts of accidents.
The storm of Friday on the Sound was very severe. The wind blew a hurricane, the rain fell in torrents, and the sea ran high. The steamer Connecticut, which left this city on Thursday afternoon for Allyn's Point, breasted the storm until nearly midnight, when she bore up for New Haven, and remained at anchor until noon of Friday; she reached Allyn's Point at 4 1/2 o'clock on Friday afternoon. The Bay State, likewise from this city, anchored at New London, and her passengers were taken on by the Connecticut. The Fall River and Norwich trains were delayed, and the New Haven cars went into Boston four hours behind time.
The pilot-boat Washington, which was driven ashore at the Narrows, has been got off without damage.
At New Haven, the tide rose to a hight [sic] greater than has been known for ten years past. The lower part of the city was inundated, and great damage was done. Large quantities of lumber were floated away, and strewn along the shores of the harbor. Long Wharf was completely covered, and many hogsheads of merchandise were carried off.
At Worcester, snow had fallen to the depth of three inches, but it was washed away by the rain.
At Somerville, Mass., the Dry House at the Milk Row Bleachery, a building one hundred feet in length, was blown down.
In Portland, Me., the storm was felt with great severity. The tide in the morning rose to within three inches of the hight [sic] of the great tide of last Spring, and flooded most of the wharves. In the interior snow fell instead of rain, and above Paris, there was snow on the ground sufficient to make good sleighing.
The storm was extended in its circuit, and interrupted telegraphic communication, and we hear was severely felt among the vessels on the coast.
A correspondent of The Boston Traveller, writing from Dartmouth College, says that the weather for the last ten days has been unprecedented for severity and early setting in of winter. The Connecticut, in still places, as above Norwich bridge, is frozen over from shore to shore.
The New York Times New york 1851-11-24