Chronological History

  • 1860 Launch
  • 1862 Owned T. & . Ballard, Cleveland, OH
  • 1863-1866 Owned Hugh Coyne, Cleveland, OH.
  • 1864 Rebuilt.
  • 1865 Readmeasured 215 gross tons.
  • 1866 Sep 30 Foundered Lake Ontario.



Other names : also seen as MARY BALLARD
Official no. : none
Type at loss : schooner, wood, 2-mast
Build info : 1855, Stevens & Presley, Cleveland
Specs : 116x25x11, 288 t. om
Date of loss : 1866, Nov 30
Place of loss : off Galloo Isl., NY
Lake : Ontario
Type of loss : storm
Loss of life : 9 or 11[all]
Carrying : wheat

Detail: Reported wrecked on Galloo Island Reef and sank, a total loss with all hands. She went down in deep water, 1¼ mile NW of the lighthouse. Owned by her skipper, Capt. Hugh Coyne(d), of Cleveland. He was lost with her. The ship hailed from Detroit.
Major repairs in 1864.

BALLARD, M. (1855, Schooner) – C. Patrick Labadie File #

Year of Build:1855
Vessel Type:SchoonerHull Materials:WoodNumber of Decks:1
Builder Name:Stevens & PresleyOriginal Owner and Location:T. & . Ballard, Cleveland, OH
POWERNumber of Masts:2
DIMENSIONSLength:116’Beam:25’Depth:11’Tonnage (old style):288
Final Location: Galles Island, NY

Daily Milwaukee News Wisconsin 1866-12-07 #

[From The Detroit Post, December 4]
The season now just at its close has been one of remarkable exemption from afflicting disasters on the western lakes, but we are now compelled to record one of a fearful character, which will (MScarry grief and agony to many a fireside.
A dispatch was received from Oswego yesterday, by Captain Hugh Coyne, announcing the loss of the schooner M. Ballard, with all on board. The shipwreck occurred at the Galloe Islands, near the foot of Lake Ontario. The Ballard was owned by captain Coyne, and was in command of his brother, Captain JOHN COYNE. The crew is supposed to have consisted of nine persons in all, but we have been able to obtain the names of only two in addition to the captain. These are JOSEPH PAYMENT, the mate, a young man from 25 to 28 years old, whose residence is unknown, and E. W. GUYNON, the cook, aged 30, whose home was in Chelsea, Washtenaw County, where his parents, brothers and sisters all reside. MR. C. has been in the employ of the owner of the Ballard for a number of years, and was much respected for his correct deportment.
Captain JOHN COYNE, although a young man, scarcely twenty-five, was a skillful navigator, and leaves many warm friends to mourn his untimely fate. He leaves no family.
The vessel was bound from Toledo to Ogdensburgh with a cargo of 13,800 bushels of corn. She left the canal on Wednesday, the 28th with the wind down the lake. The date of the occurrence of the disaster is not given, but a letter from the captain of the schooner Com. Foote states that a gale of almost unexampled severity swept over Lake Ontario on Friday, the 30th, and it was, no doubt, in this gale that the gallant bark went down beneath the angry waters with all its precious freight of human lives.
The Ballard was a craft of medium size. She was built in 1855, and thoroughly rebuilt in 1864, about $10,000 being expended on her. She was valued at $12,500, and insured for $10,000.
Captain Coyne left last evening for Oswego. Three of the bodies have arrived at that place.

Oswego Advertiser & Times Mon., Dec. 3, 1866  #

Vessel Wrecked – Crew Lost – The Bodies of Three Of The Sailors Brought To Oswego. 
      On the 30th inst., the keeper of the light house on Galloo Island, Lake Ontario, with two men, saw a schooner going down toward the St. Lawrence, probably bound for Ogdensburgh. When opposite the Island, and one and a half miles to the northwest of the light house, she struck a shoal, and was unable to get off. 
She struck about 9 o¹clock A.M. At twenty minutes of 11 the mainmast fell over and at 11 the foremast also fell. The wind was blowing a gale and a heavy sea running, so no boats could be sent from the island with any hope of reaching the imperiled crew of the schooner. The vessel hung in the same position till 1 P.M., when she also sunk out of sight. her small boat drifted ashore about an hour after she went down. 
The lighthouse-keeper and his two companions remained on the beach till dusk. Shortly before night-fall three or four of the crew were seen floating on the hatches. One of them came so near that an oar was handed to him. he caught it, but a heavy sea washed him back and he was not seen afterwards. One of the crew was picked up that evening on the shore, about three miles from the head of the Island, and two more were found the next morning. 
      A board was picked up with the name “Ballard” on it, and the vessel is supposed to have been the “M. Ballard,” of Detroit, with a crew of ten men, all of whom are probably lost. The schooner E.B. Gannett, Capt. E. Wilder, of Sackets Harbor, came in this morning, bringing the bodies of the three men picked up on the island. 
      Captain Pierce is holding an inquest, the result of which we will announce tomorrow. 

Oswego Advertiser & Times Wed., Dec. 5, 1866  #

The Bodies Of The Sailors Brought To Oswego By The E.B. Gannett. 
      We learn that a telegram has been received here from Mr. Hugh Coyne, of Detroit, saying that he would leave that place, Monday, to take charge of the bodies of the three sailors brought to this port, who perished in the wreck of the “M. Ballard.” 
      A telegram has also been received from a person in Kingston, requesting that the body of John King, one of the sailors, be sent to Cape Vincent. The body was accordingly sent forward on the 5:40 train last evening. 
The body found on the lakeshore Sunday morning has been identified as being that of Alvin Becker, of Port Round, County of Norfolk, C.W., who was lost from the schooner Mayflower, several days ago. 
Much credit is due to Coroner Pierce for his energy and efficiency in obtaining evidence of identification, and also in securing money to defray the expenses of burial, which, in several instances occurring lately, would otherwise have been charged to the county.

 Oswego Advertiser & Times  Dec. 21, 1866  #

The Schooner Ballard. – Our readers will recollect the circumstances connected with the loss of that unfortunate vessel, the M. Ballard, which was wrecked off the Galloo Islands some weeks ago, going down under with her captain and crew of ten men. 
      The Detroit Post says, Capt. Hugh Coyne has returned; his efforts to recover the body of his brother who was lost by the wreck of the schooner Ballard on Galloo island, having been entirely fruitless. No traces of any 
of the bodies, except the three which were found the next morning after the gale, could be discovered, and the season is now so late that it is impossible to make a further search. The names of the crew, as well as their
residence, is unknown. Capt. Coyne was a young man and attended school in Detroit last winter. His untimely death is lamented by a large circle of friends.

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