CASSARD

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CASSARD

Years Active: 1899-1906
Vessel Type: 3-masted steel Barque
Barque
Nationality: French
Destroyed after running aground on the southwest of the point of Bleaker Island near East Falkland in May 1906. All aboard survived.

Main Use:

Cargo

Years Active:

1899-1906

Power:

Sail

Built:

1899

Size:

2,289 Gross, 1,719 Net tons
85.07 x 12.25 x 6.92 metres

(length, breadth, depth) metres

Design/Build:

Ateliers & Chantiers de la Loire at St. Nazaire, France
Main Use: Cargo
Built: 1899
Power: Sail
Design/Build: Ateliers & Chantiers de la Loire at St. Nazaire, France
Size: 2,289 Gross, 1,719 Net tons
Dimensions: 85.07 x 12.25 x 6.92 metres
Story as told by the captain: “Sunday 20th of May, similar weather, no observations: wind is ESE, the estimated position at midday, by 52°37S and 60°56W, I saw it would be impossible to weather the Falklands to the East, given the direction of the wind and the leeway of the vessel. At 4PM, I sighted an island straight ahead, thinking I recognized Beauchêne, I ordered to steer to Starboard, but soon, several other islets appeared on each side of the island. — Suddenly, we sight land to port, breakers appear in the dark; the vessel strikes hard and then stops, terrible waves are breaking midships sweeping the vessel. Immediately, everyone takes their life buoy, and we start preparing the boats, the lashings are let go, part of the crew puts the starboard longboat on the davits, whilst the rest transfer the port longboat which is to windward and cannot be launched on that side. During this operation, she is smashed by a large wave, so we have to repair it, by nailing cloth and lead.”
Story as told by the captain: “Sunday 20th of May, similar weather, no observations: wind is ESE, the estimated position at midday, by 52°37S and 60°56W, I saw it would be impossible to weather the Falklands to the East, given the direction of the wind and the leeway of the vessel. At 4PM, I sighted an island straight ahead, thinking I recognized Beauchêne, I ordered to steer to Starboard, but soon, several other islets appeared on each side of the island. — Suddenly, we sight land to port, breakers appear in the dark; the vessel strikes hard and then stops, terrible waves are breaking midships sweeping the vessel. Immediately, everyone takes their life buoy, and we start preparing the boats, the lashings are let go, part of the crew puts the starboard longboat on the davits, whilst the rest transfer the port longboat which is to windward and cannot be launched on that side. During this operation, she is smashed by a large wave, so we have to repair it, by nailing cloth and lead.”

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