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St. Helena (Schooner), 23 May 1859

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LOADING FOR EUROPE. -- The Detroit Free Press says: "The schooners R. H. HARMON and J. F. WARNER, and the brig J. G. DESHLER are now at the dock of the Milwaukee Railway, taking cargoes of staves for Europe. Orders have been received by Captain J. W. Hall, shipping master, to furnish crews for the schooners G. D. DOUSMAN, GOLD HUNTER and St. HELENS, to go to Liverpool. The two former are to take on their staves at Bear Creek, and the latter at Chatham, to which places they will proceed the first of the week.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      May 2, 1859

The sailing of the BLACK HAWK, says the Detroit Advertiser, makes the fiftheenth clearance from this port for Eurioe, direct, this season. The following is the list with the names of the Masters, dates of sailing, and cargoes.
      Rig Vessel Master Date sailed Cargo
      Schooner J. F. WARNER Manning May 8 staves
      Schooner R. H. HARMON Burke May 8 staves
      Brig J. G. DESHLER Gale May 11 staves
      Schooner G. D. DOUSMAN Smith May 11 staves
      Brig CAROLINE Mallott May 15 staves & lumber
      Schooner GOLD HUNTER Pomeroy May 14 staves
      Schooner GRAND TURK Stakweather May 14 lumber
      Schooner C. H. WALKER Rummage May 16 lumber
      Barque VANGUARD Davis May 21 staves
      Schooner St. HELENA Hall May 23 staves
      Barque CHIEFTAIN Wolvin May 29 staves
      Barque D. C. PIERCE Pennington June 1 staves & lumber
      Schooner EVELINE BATES Peterson June 1 staves & lumber
      Schooner HUGH BARCLAY Chadwick June 16 staves
      Barque ALLIES Farewell June 18 staves & lumber
      Brig BLACK HAWK Alexander June 24 staves
      Besides these, the schooner REPUBLICAN, Captain Coville, left Milan June 1; Barque W. S. PIERSON, Captain Root, Black River June 9th; Barque MASSILION, Capt. Ranson, Cleveland June 10th; and Barque N. M. SCOTT, Capt. Thorsen, from Milwaukee, passed Detroit June 10th, all bound for Europe.
      The schooners INDUS and ADDA, and the Brig SULTAN, also have cleared from Lake Ports for American ports on the Atlantic coast with cargoes of lumber.
      Of the sixteen vessels sailing from Detroit, a majority are laden with staves, and all either with staves or lumber, or both.
      The BLACK HAWK is probably the last one to leave this season.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      June 27, 1859
      SCHOONER ST. HELENA. -- By letters received in this city some few days since, the Express learns of the arrival of this vessel at Queenstown, Ireland, from Detroit on the 14th of July, in twenty days from Lark harbor, Bay of Islands, Newfoundland, where she had put in to repair damages caused by carrying away the head-gear of her mainmast in a squall, on the second day out from Quebec. She made the passage out with a reefed mainsail; and no light sails set on her mainmast. Capt. Hall was to leave Queenstown for Liverpool, to discharge, july 19th, and would probably leave there for the return voyage to the lakes.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      August 4, 1859

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St. Helena (Schooner), 23 May 1859