Cleveland, OH Tidal Wave Strikes, June 1882

REMARKABLE PHENOMENON.

A TIDAL WAVE SWEEPS THE SHORE OF LAKE ERIE AT CLEVELAND.

CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE DONE -- TWO MEN WASHED OFF THE SHORE.

Cleveland, June 23. -- A remarkable tidal-wave swept the lake front here at six o'clock this morning. From the best information known it was about two miles wide and 11 feet higher than the surface of the lake. It ame in the wake of a dense and angry looking black gray cloud, which moved sullenly from the north west over the city.
No wind or rain at the lake shore, but a dash of rain fell in some parts of the city, and the wind blew so fiercely at the south of the town that vessels parted their lines at the mouth of the river.
The piers and docks were submerged to the depth of four feet in some places. Hundreds of fish were cast ashore. The fire was put out in the Lake Erie Rolling Mill, on the beach, west of the river. A scow loaded with sand, lying at the breakwater, was landed high and dry on the shore.
A short stretch of railroad near the Union depot was ripped up, and numerous switch shanties and small buildings were overturned or moved about.
A tramp sleeping upon the top of the sewer, where it emptied into the lake, was drowned. One man standing on the bank was thrown down and washed against the wall of the Union depot, and another sitting on a smith house was buried under a shower of timber heads, torn out of two scows in the river. Iron rails, twenty-eight feet long, piled near the depot, were lifted out and scattered in confusion.
Huge logs washed ashore. Life saving station was badly wrecked.
Much other damage was done. The wave lasted about one minute and several parties who were fishing in skiffs report a sudden rise in the water and violent commotion like a whirlpool, but the skiffs mastered the singular storm without an accident. The damage to property on shore is roughly estimated at $30,000. Steamboat men who come in this morning report a short squall and sudden movement of water off this port, of which no particular notice was taken at the time.

The Daily Advocate Newark Ohio 1882-06-23