On Tuesday morning a very severe storm commenced, and continued to increase till 4 o'clock on Wednesday morning . . . We recollect no record of a gale so severely felt on land in this vicinity before. At all the places from which we at present have information a vast deal of damage has been done. . . .
In Boston—A large number of trees were broken off or torn up by the roots; an elm tree in the rear of the Latin School-house, 9 1-2 feet in circumference, was twisted from the roots — many of the chimnies were thrown down — and most of the slates were torn from the houses covered with them. . . .
The steeple of the North Church was overthrown about half past 6 o'clock on Tuesday evening, and fell on a house, beat in the roof and damaged the side. The tenants were fortunately absent from the part injured, but a family were in the other part of the same house, only a few feet from where the roof extended in its fall.
The roof of the tower of the Chapel Church was taken off about 5 o'clock on Tuesday afternoon, carried about 200 feet through the air, passing over two dwelling-houses, and dropped on a shed improved by Messrs. Gragg and Easte for the housing of their carriages, broke in the roof and destroyed four chaise. . . .
At Gloucester—Near Fresh Water Cove, a Kennebunk sloop loaded with rum, was lost, crew saved; a schooner belonging to Connecticut, loaded with corn, went to pieces, crew saved; several other vessels were on shore; six vessels cut away their masts, and rode out the gale. . . .
Wrecks.—A sloop from the Eastward, loaded with lumber, which had put into Cape-Ann, and there parted her cables, drifted to Cohasset Beach. A sch[ooner] of Boston, loaded with wood and bard, went to pieces on Cohasset Beach, captain lost, two men saved. . . .
Farmers' Cabinet, October 16, 1804.