The hot, humid summer day drained the strength from everyone on board the two-masted schooner. As darkness approached, a cool breeze brought refreshing relief. The exhausted sailors were soon asleep. Then, during the early morning hours, a thunderstorm struck. Blinding flashes of lightning and deafening thunder were accompanied by wind blowing like a typhoon. Cold rain and huge waves slammed into the ship, pouring water across the deck. Wind-driven waves crashed on the side, causing the ship to list. The schooner could not endure the combination of pounding waves, wind and rain. With in minutes the stricken ship sank, carrying men and equipment to the bottom of Lake Ontario.
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