The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Gertrude (Schooner), 20 Sep 1855

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NEW VESSEL. -- The YANKEE BLADE is the name of a new vessel of 350 tons, just from the hands of the builder, B.B. Jones, of this city. She is owned by Messrs. Holt & Ensign, and goes into the Chicago trade. Mr. Jones is also building another schooner, to be called GRAPE SHOT, of the same size for the same owners, which is nearly completed. A new fore-and-after, called the GERTRUDE, will be launched today from the yard of G.W. Jones, built for Messrs. B.L. Spangler & Co. She is of 300 tons burthen, and has capacity for 16,000 bushels. These several vessels are all of the first class, and will be hard to beat anywhere on inland waters. Others are in process of construction, and will be announced in due time.
      Buffalo Daily republic
      Monday, September 11, 1855

      Tomorrow morning, at 10:00, will be launched from the shipyard of G.W. Jones, full rigged, the fore and aft schooner GERTRUDE, for the owners, B.L. Spangler & Co. Her dimensions are as follows: Keel 120 ft.; beam 26 ft. 3 inches; hold 11 ft; tonnage, custom house measurements, 560 (?) tons; estimated capacity, 16,500 bu. grain. SHe cost between $17,000 and $18,000. Mr. Jones in accordance with the wishes of the owners, has endeavored not only to build a beautiful and fast sailing vessel, but a strong one, and if appearances are not decptive, she is all they wish her to be. - Cleveland Herald, Friday.
      Detroit Free Press
      September 20, 1855

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Gertrude (Schooner), 20 Sep 1855