Buffalo, NY Disastrous Storm, Nov 1844

From the Buffalo Gazette.


Our city was visited last night by one of the severe and destructive gales which was ever experienced here. The whole lower part of the city, extending into Seneca Street, on the East side of Main Street, presents one general scene of wreck and desolation, throughout the whole length of the city.
The water was all of two feet higher than it has ever been known before.
The wharves, throughout the whole extent, have been more or less damaged.
The U.S. ship Alert, and more than a dozen other ships and steamers were aground, and more or less injured - some totally destroyed.
The Buffalo papers give the names of more than 40 Canal Boats, that are driven ashore, and more or less injured.
Wood lumber, hogs, cattle, and the remnants of houses, are to be found, and obstruct the streets all over the flats.
The new Glass Factory of H. Hodge & Co., is in ruins; loss $2,000.
The new White Lead Factory of Messrs. Thompson, Warren & Co., near the foot of Court Street, is almost entirely demolished.
The track of the Buffalo and Attica Railroad from the Depot on Washington Street, to the Hydraulics, about three quarters of a mile, was washed away. The damage in the depot, car and engine house, estimated at $3,000.
The following are the names of the persons drowned, as far as we have been able to learn:
ELLEN BARNEY, drowned at Huff's Hotel.
A. METOT and son, drowned near the foot of Commercial St. on the other side of the creek.
MRS. SMITH (German) and four young daughters.
A young man named SMITH.
MR. MITCHELL, formerly of Gennesee County.
MRS. O'BRIEN, found near the foot of Eagle Street.
JANET LAURIE, supposed to have recently resided in Canada.
MOSES WHITE, a fisherman, parents reside at Williamsville.
MRS. STROLICKER, and three daughters, recently from Seneca Falls.
MR. HAVENS, who resided at the old toll bridge, and a boy who lived with him.
DAVID G. BLOHL, employed at Mr. Wilkinson's Foundry.
AMBROSE MILAN, a truckman, was killed by the falling in of the gable end of his dwelling on Hanover Street, after having removed his wife and children.
JOHN BONE, a ferryman, was found drowned on the flats.
Up to 11 o'clock, 27 dead bodies had been brought to the Court House.
Six children drowned in the vicinity of Wilkinson's foundry - names not ascertained. Also, five grown persons; three females and two males, among them a MRS. SMITH and two of her children - little girls. MRS. O'BRIEN and her child - a little girl about 3 years old. One lad, about 16 years old, name not known, was drowned while attempting to save the life of MRS. SMITH. The body of a little girl was found under the workshop of Mr. Sawin, near the foot of Eagle Street.
As near as we can learn, the number missing and not yet found is about 15 - making the whole number lost or missing 45.
The bodies brought in are mostly foreigners, German and Irish, and were drowned from small tenements on the flats.
Two servant girls were drowned in the cellar kitchen of Huff's Hotel. One of them was an Irish girl named ELLEN BYNAM, the other an American girl named CATHERINE REDDING. The bodies of the servant girls have since been recovered.
An inquest was held on 29 bodies last evening which were placed in coffins. Four others have since been recovered.
The wind during the night, though greatly subsided, was still high, and there was a heavy sea rolling. It was chilling cold - the severest night we have had during the season.

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