The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Weekly Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), July 15, 1859

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p.1 Disasters on Lake Erie - A terrible storm prevailed in the vicinity of Buffalo and Lake Erie last Saturday week, in which the bark Sunshine was capsized. At the time of the capsize the captain's wife, Mrs. McNiel, was in the cabin with her three children, one man was in the forecastle, and the rest - the captain, two mates and seven men were on deck. At this moment four of the men were swept overboard and drowned. The captain and mate, who were clinging to the rigging, a short time afterward were torn from their hold by a heavy wave, washed overboard, and drowned in sight of the vessel. The remainder of the crew succeeded in rescuing Mrs. McNiel from the cabin, where they found her clinging to a berth, but her children were drowned before her eyes. They all clung to the vessel for seventeen hours, and when almost exhausted were taken off the next morning a little before 8 o'clock, by the schooner Nebraska, which took them into Fairport. The following is a list of those lost:- Capt. J. McNiel, of St. Joseph's, Michigan; Mate Mark Graham, of Buffalo, N.Y.; cook Joseph Watson; Seamen Jeremiah Sweeney, Marshall Logan and Frank Larkins; three children of Capt. McNiel.

The bark Stannard was also struck by the same squall and capsized, about 2 o'clock p.m., when about 15 miles east of Cleveland. The first and second mates were drowned. The captain and the rest of the crew were taken off by a passing vessel and conveyed to Cleveland. At the time she carried ...(missing)

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Weekly Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), July 15, 1859