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 - Disastrous Storm at Mobile. Damage $250,000....
Disastrous Storm at Mobile. Damage $250,000. tagkL- fetes-) aa S'-'We copy as follows from the Mobile .Evening Register, of Saturday : .The wind, which had hung for some time in the east,.got around to the south--ern quarter about 12 o'clock to-day, and began to blow a full vale, with rain. The water, already nearly up to the wharves, rose rapidly, soon covering them, and the boats which were fast to them immediately felt the influence of the wind and storm. d - The Gertrude broke her lines aad drifted against the Prairie State, which narrowly escaped severe damage. At the time of writing quarter to 1 the Gertrude is adrift and unmanageable. Tbe Ella May broke loose at the foot of St. Louis street, and drifting against on of the wharves above was almost totally wrecked. We. -da not know . 1 -i s srt j . ... . i utuei tuim iuu uuwi or not. x ne whole river front is in confusion with efforts to secure boats and such goods as I sratxpoeed to damage, and the city bell it raising the high water " alarm. . The Gertrude, we since learn, is secured, is well as the mail boat Frances, which tot adnft at the beginning of the blow, i. river boat has just drifted up past the foot of 6t Francis street, but- we could sot distinguish her name. The alarm, we learn, is caused by the lmakinK of the telegraph wires in dilf or-nt plaees, caused, in some instanced, by the falling of signs, which, with occa-. tianal filing slates, make it hazardous to in quest of items. Jhe Frances has since gone up the river, -nder steam, but drifting broadsidewise. Ills Mist has drifted up stream unman ageable. Drays are briskly employed convey is g goods beyond the reach of the water, una ol the alarms struck was the regular high-water alarm. , it half-past 1 .the wind, which had slacked, is increasing from the southeast "utherly, and the alarm is ringing again. Toe water is now fairly over Water i tree t, and it is dim cult to learn any par i; Hilars from " the front." Fifteen minntea to 'X Th irv WV Is hist drifted up past St. Michael street. iae birara House is partially unroofed FURTHER PARTICULARS. The Register, Sunday morning, has the L lowing further particulars : Our first notes of the storm, got up as ILs incidents were nassing. were neces sarily inaccurate, and did not even por-"xjrt to be complete. The storm was jrief in cturatiou, oommencins in all its reality just about 12, and being over be fore o'clock. All the direct damage occurred almost at the commencement. "nd the whole, including that from col-uaion of drifting craft, was probably ao- "ompiinLea in tne space ox two noura half-past o'clock, or sooner, the water began to subside, and was soon below the wharves. At no time was it many inches deep in any of the Front street stores, barely reaching the floor of tbe Trade Company's and the Mobile rod Montgomery Railroad offices. jMTe closed oar notes for the evening with the report of the dry dock passing upthe river. . The drifting of this unwieldy mass was the cause of muoh of the damage to the shipping. It first caused the wreck of the: New Orleans Railroad wharf, and that of the oil mill; then cut a wood schooner in two below Government street, and grazed, the Annie, near St. JTrancis street, doing little damage. This collision gave it a sheer that saved the Sumter, which otherwise would have been eomoletelv crushed. As it was. it tore away a portion of her guards and starboard wheelhouse. jamming her against the soiles with such force as to break all she touched, which were all hut one at the foot of the railroad wharf, end one at the wharf below. The dry dock, keeping on its course, gave the Prairie State a rake, but not a serious one, and after encountering what else we know not. lodged on a wreck at tbe mouth of Chickasabogue. A sik

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  1. The Times-Picayune,
  2. 02 Aug 1870, Tue,
  3. Page 7

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