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Charles Sumner (Schooner), capsized, 1 Oct 1858

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Scow Schooner CHARLES SUMNER, cargo staves, capsized off Point Pelee, Lake Erie, righted and stripped by Captain Tate, of the schooner NORWAY. Property loss $850.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 15, 1859 (1858 Casualty List)

      . . . . .

      THE CHARLES SUMNER. - This vessel, which was disabled off Rond Eau, has
been got safely into Cleveland - a result due mainly to the ability and promptness of
Mr. William McRay, 1st, officer of the steamer OCEAN. - Detroit Tribune.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Thursday, October 21, 1858

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THE CHARLES SUMNER. - Captain Tate of the schooner NORWAY, bound for
Milwaukee, reports finding this schooner capsized about 20 miles from Point au Pelee.
She was loaded with pipe staves. Her succeeded in righting her and getting off her
running rigging, canvas, anchors, chains, yards and booms. A memorandum book was
found in the fore-castle in which was written the following: "Benjamin R. Baily, of
Yates, Orleans county, N. Y., shipped on scow CHAS. SUMNER, Capt. James McBride,
Detroit, August 31, 1858; left home Aug. 24." An account was published in our issue of
the 20th, of the taking of this vessel into Cleveland. We were also informed that all her
sails were set when found. This appears to conflict with Capt. Tates account. Are there
two vessels on the Lakes named CHARLES SUMNER ?
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Monday, October 25, 1858

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Reason: capsized
Lives: nil
Freight: staves
Remarks: Recovered
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Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 41.908055 Longitude: -82.508888
William R. McNeil
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Charles Sumner (Schooner), capsized, 1 Oct 1858