Wednesday, September 8th, will ever be memorable from the fact of the furious gale of wind which raged in this section of the country. In fact, the newspapers all agree that it was the most fearful “blow-out” old Boreas has had since the historic September gale of 1815; and they all with one accord, express the hope that our land may never again be visited with such another powerful manifestation of strength and fury of the elements.
One the Vineyard, fortunately, we learn of but very little damage to property, and no loss of life. We were just a little to the eastward of the main strength of the storm, and the damage done, is, therefore, confined to the uprooting of a few trees, the demolition of fewer chimneys, the loss of a few shingles from very few roofs, the capsizing of the warfinger’s office at Oak Bluffs, an old shed at Holmes Hole, and a few fields of corn laid low. While destruction and shipwreck were all around us, we were miraculously preserved from danger, and shielded from harm, by the mercy of a kind Providence.
It is impossible to enumerate the amount of damage in the section of the country in which this terrible tornado raged in full fury. Our New England exchanges are filled with accounts of ship-wreck, house-wreck, human-wreck, and destruction of beautiful trees.
In New Bedford, the damage to the shipping is considerable; the Fairhaven Bridge is very badly used up; trees are uprooted, and torn to pieces, and havoc was made with awnings, windows and chimneys. In Fairhaven, the tall spire of the Congregational Church was blown down, and in its fall badly shattered the rood of the building.
The enumeration of casualties given in the forgoing paragraph, will apply to nearly every town in the track of the hurricane. Boston fared hard. The Coliseum, in which the mammoth Peace Jubilee was recently held, is sadly wrecked, although not so much bit that it will be repaired. The steeple of the Hanover Street Methodist Church was blown over; and several other churches and buildings were seriously injured. It is estimated that the loss of property in this city alone, will exceed $2,000,000. Our little sheet might be filled with details of the storm, but it would be mere repetition, with a change of locality. Most of our readers are probably familiar with the particulars, ere this, of the track of the storm and the devastation therein.
Telegraphic communication was seriously interrupted, and on Cape Cod a part of the railroad was washed away. This fact, coupled with that of the mail “Sachem’s” being ashore at Falmouth, explains a little, why we have received or mails so irregularly the past week.