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Oswego Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), Oct. 10, 1859

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This A 1 vessel arrived at this port from Montreal on Saturday night, with partial load of salt, and is now completing her cargo with pig iron and will sail for Chicago.

The vessel sailed from Quebec for Cork June 9th, with a mixed cargo, and reached the latter place, discharged cargo, and sailed for Androsson, Scotland, where a cargo was taken in for Montreal. At 11 A. M. July 30th, she sailed from Androsson, under command of Capt. Henry Durand. He was navigator on the run from Quebec to Cork, and Captain and Navigator on the run back. On the 31st she made Ratchlin Light, with a heavy gale from W. S. W. , bearing hard upon her, and was obliged to put back. On the following day she anchored in Bellport lock a very heavy gale blowing. he wind shifted and she was again under weigh. On Monday, August 29th, in lat. 49 40 and lon. 45 80, the first ice was seen, and from that time till in the Straits of Bellisle, large bergs were encountered. On the 3d of September Cape Ball was made;. run through the Straits Bellisle; a heavy gale blowing and heavy rain beating furiously. On the 10th a pilot was taken on board off Magedelin River . On the 18th off Island of Bic, 180 miles below Quebec, in company with schooner Valeria of Cleveland, the two vessels having sailed from Androsson at the same time. - Both vessels reached Quebec at 8 A. M. on the 16th, making the passage in 47 days.

The tonnage of the Gold Hunter is 336 tons American measurement, 274 English. Captain Durand reports her a most excellent ocean vessel, but thinks her spars rather heavy. He encountered the most severe gale during the passage, and in fact saw very little clear weather. The vessel did not leak a bucket full, and behaved finely. In the foreign ports she was the occasion of much wonderment, and immediately upon her arrival in Cork hundreds flocked on the wharf to see a vessel with such spars as they never saw before, and greater was their surprise to see the centre board. Newspapers gave long accounts of the arrival, and minute descriptions of the vessel and the passage. Capt. Durand reports her as capable of outsailing any craft he fell in company with, and fully able to sustain all that ought to be required of any good and substantial vessel. The voyage has been a successful one, pecuniarily and otherwise.

The vessel is owned in Cleveland, and was built for lake navigation, but Capt. Durand has demonstrated the fact that she need not be confined to any waters, being seaworthy wherever placed. This trip may be the means of opening a new business channel, and we yet have as intimate a business relation with foreign ports, as we now have with those on the Upper Lakes.

[Notes: She was probably part of a more of less temporary interest that Great Lakes shippers had in European ports 1856-59. For the first couple of years they were big news, but them settled down into the regular arrivals and departures lists. The American boats built for the trade included the 1st C. J. KERSHAW, the 1st COL. COOK, the 2nd DEAN RICHMOND, the first BLACK HAWK, D. B. SEXTON, the 2nd CHIEFTAIN, JOHN F. WARNER, etc. Their cargoes were usually hardwood lumber outbound and general merchandise on the returns. Most of them only made a couple of trips - they could only do one a year - and most would up as regular lakes traders. A few stayed in the blue water trade. The DEAN RICHMOND of 1856, for example, made one trip to Liverpool (in 1856) and was then sold English, traded to Mediterranean ports for a few years and was later wrecked off the coast of Brazil. The only thing that I have on the GOLD HUNTER is a mention in an April, 1859 article that she was being "got up" at Cleveland for a voyage to Europe.

The clipping I have on her launch doesn't mention that she was being built for the Europe trade:

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), Oct. 10, 1859