Transcription of the Lorain Republican article:
Singular Phenomenon.- On Wednesday September 11th, at about 9 o'clock, was observed from the deck of the sloop [sail boat] Mount Vernon, Capt. J. P. Smith, and also by all his crew, what to all appearances was a star, but of such size and brilliancy, considering the sky was uncluded [sic], and the sun was pouring down its rays with unusual lustre, as almost to lead to the behalf that it was some supernatural vision. This singular phenomenon is represented as being, in appearance, nearly equal to the size of the moon. It remained visible nearly the whole day, and disappeared only as the shades of night were fast approaching, when all expected to have a better and more distinct view of this brilliant and apparently erratic heavenly body. Capt. S. states it to have presented an appearance, in color, similar to that of the planets at night, only a shade whiter. - Key West Light of the Reef.