The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily Palladium (Oswego, NY), May 22, 1873

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The New Schooner Blazing Star. - The new schooner Blazing Star, built for M.J. Cummings, Esq., of this city, the past winter, at Manitowoc, Wisc., arrived at this port yesterday afternoon, laden with 19,000 bushels of wheat, drawing but ten feet of water, She has made a good run down from Milwaukee, where she loaded, and has satisfied the Captain that her sailing qualities are fully equal to any canal vessel.

The Blazing Star was built where oak was plenty and of the best kind, and no expense has been spared to make her an A 1 vessel, which she is. She is of the three mast rig, but carries less men than any vessel of her size on the lakes, having but four men before the mast. It is claimed that attaching a boom to the jib, which she has, dispenses with one man. The lines of the vessel are good, and she looks clean enough, forward and aft, to glide through the lakes without creating a commotion in the waters.

The cabin is not as large as in vessels built at Oswego, although the captain's room and galley are both larger. The following are her dimensions: Length 137 feet 4 inches; beam, 26 feet 2 inches; depth of hold, 10 feet in the shallowest place, with a tonnage of 279 17/100 tons Custom House measurement.

Captain John Griffin, the commander, who will retire when she reaches Milwaukee to take charge of another new vessel building at Manitowoc for Mr. Cummings, is well known on the lakes as a capable man and a skipper that allows no vessel to pass him. The captain selected for the Blazing Star is the present mate, John Dosmer, who has been m ate in the employ some time. He is a faithful man, a competent seaman, and will make a good master. Success to the Blazing Star. May her pathway be ever illuminated and may fair winds and good freights attend her.

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Richard Palmer
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Daily Palladium (Oswego, NY), May 22, 1873