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The ill-fated miniature schooner "John T. Ford" sails from Baltimore for the Paris Exhibition.

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06/22/1867

The ill-fated journey of the two and a quarter ton miniature schooner John T. Ford, which planned to reach the Paris International Exhibition, began with great ceremony at the Pratt Street Wharf in Baltimore Harbor in the afternoon of this day. With a crew of three seamen and a cabin boy, all from Baltimore, the small vessel reached the Irish coast on August 19, 1867 where it capsized in a storm when its ballast shifted.  The British ship Aerolite spotted the wreckage four days later and rescued the single survivor.  (By John Osborne) 

Source Citation: 

"Sailing of the Yacht John T. Ford, from Baltimore for Europe," Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, July 20, 1867, p. 280.
"Rescue of the Only Survivor from the John T. Ford," in  C. G. Rosenberg (ed.), The Wonders of the World: Comprising Startling Incidents, Interesting Scenes ... (San Francisco, CA:  A.L. Bancroft & Company, 1882), 119-120.

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