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B. A. Stanard (Bark), capsized, 2 Jul 1859

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The bark B.A. STANARD, of Cleveland, which was capsized Saturday afternoon (7/2) above Port Stanley, lost her mates. The remainder of the crew were picked up by an unknown vessel.
      Detroit Free Press
      July 6, 1859

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DISASTER - The barque B.A. STANDARDT, Capt. McKay, owned by Mr. R.K. Winslow, of this city, bound from Buffalo to Chicago, was struck by the gale on Saturday last, about 12 miles below Rondeau, on the north shore, and capsized. The disaster occurred about half-past 2 P.M.. The schooner HANOVER, of Silver Creek, Capt. Gage, came to her assistance, and rescued all the crew but the two mates, who probably were entangled in the rigging and could not make their escape and were drowned. The first mate's name was William Bervan; second mate name unknown to us.
      The barque lies on her side about a foot out of water. Her mainmast was broken off about half way down. The cook and captain's son were in the cabin at the time the gale struck the vessel and were rescued by the HANOVER's crew after remaining in the water about an hour. The barque was flying light. - Cleveland Herald.
THE LAKE DISASTER. - Capt. McKay's son, and the cook of the STANARD, a woman were in the cabin of that vessel when she capsized. She was thrown over so suddenly that there was no time even for escape of the two from the cabin, to which circumstances the persons imprisoned in it are indebted for their lives. They remained there two hours and twenty minutes, when, the bark righting so far as to lay on her beam ends, they, both the woman and boy, dove through the after hatch, and so were saved. It is supposed that the two mates, who were drowned, got entangled in the rigging, and were unable to extricate themselves. Three of the sailors were floating about on a spar in the lake for two hours, before the could be drawn to the wreck by the captain and three men who were on the bottom of the vessel. It was the schooner HANOVER, of Silver Creek, that rescued them and towed the bark into Cleveland. The disaster occurred at 2 P.M. on Saturday fifteen miles east of Rondeau Point, and five miles from land. The wind was W.N.W., and all sails clewed down, when the squall struck the STANARD on her starboard beam, and capsized her instantly.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Thursday, July 7, 1859

      THE BARQUE STANNARD. -- This vessel, owned by R. K. Winslow, of Cleveland, says the Plaindealer, and which was capsized on the Canada shore about two weeks since, has been raised and floated so near the shore as to leave the deck above water.
      The steam tug DAN RHODES, Capt. Hand, left the wreck yesterday noon and came to this port for a steam pump. She took on a pump and a few tons of coal, and left again last night. Capt. Hand is confident that he will be able to pump the barque free of water in twenty-four hours, when he will bring her in tow to this city. The body of Capt. O'Neil has not yet been recovered.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      July 18, 1859
      THE BARQUE STANNARD. -- From the Cleveland Herald of yesterday, we learn that the barque B. A. STANNARD, Capt. John McKay, which was capsized in the storm of the 2d of July, off Rondue, Canada, by which the two mates were lost, arrived in that port, in tow of the tug D. P. RHODES. The barque sank in about sixty feet of water, and men have been employed for some time in pumping her out with steam pumps and raising her. She is damaged to the extent of four or five thousand dollars, and some time will be consumed in repairs. As she was bound to Saginaw, with no cargo, the damage is confined to the spars and rigging, which are wholly dismantled, and the washing away of the cabin, which was done by the action of the waves after she was raised to the surface. The barque lies in the old river bed.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      July 19, 1859

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    Latitude: 42.66679 Longitude: -81.21644
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B. A. Stanard (Bark), capsized, 2 Jul 1859