The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Erie (Brig), U7219, 23 Dec 1866

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NEW VESSEL FOR THE OCEAN SERVICE. -- One of the neatest and staunchest vessels that has ever entered this harbor, arrived here this morning from Port Huron. She is called the ERIE, and was built at Port Huron, by Capt. Daniel J. Lewis, of Boston, Mass., and this is her first trip. The ERIE is 122 feet 6 inches in length, 26 feet 2 inches in beam, 10 feet 4 inches depth of hold, and according to the old system of measurement, 290 tons burthen. She is clipper built forward, with an eliptic stern, copper fastened about 2 feet above the line to which the copper will extend when put upon the outside of the hull; the hull is constructed of the best quality of oak timber, with cedar knee-braces; and the whole has an appearance of great strength. The rigging of the ERIE was manufactured at Boston and forwarded to the builder, Captain Lewis, and every part of it is of the best description, a model which out western builders would do well to follow.
      The cabin of this new vessel is also a model for beauty and convenience; it has several state-rooms, a water closet, master's and first officer's rooms, both of which are fitted up with great good taste and supplied with everything that those officers require on a voyage; the saloon is large, well ventilated, and finished and furnished in the neatest possible manner.
      The ERIE is steered with one of Reed's "Improved Steerers," which works upon the "diamond screw" principle. The ERIE was built for Samuel Stevenson & Co., of Boston, and is commanded by Capt. Geo. E. Balch, an experienced ocean navigator. - Her builder, Capt. Lewis, has constructed two barques upon nearly the same model as that observed in building the ERIE, on both of which he was very successful, but he thinks the ERIE is the best result of his efforts at ship-building.
      This vessel proved a good sailer on the trip from Port Huron, and her master is justly proud of her. She has part of a cargo of Pine Lumber, which will be discharged, when she will load at this port with black walnut and take her departure for the ocean.
      Toledo Blade
      May 17, 1866

      Incidents of Interest in Navigation Season of 1866.
May 24, schooner ERIE (new) clears from Toledo for Boston, Mass., with cargo walnut.
      Detroit Free Press
      December 23, 1866

      Brig ERIE. U. S. No. 7219. Built Port Huron, Mich. 1866. Home port, Boston, Mass. Of 211.84 tons gross. 122.0 x 26.0 x 10.0
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885

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Erie (Brig), U7219, 23 Dec 1866