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Adda (Schooner), 28 May 1859

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The St. Joseph Traveler says: The schooner ADDA, owned by Rufus Cheney Esq., of Whitewater, Wisconsin, left this port last week with a load of walnut and cherry lumber for providence, R. I. Her cargo was purchased by our fellow-townsman J. E. Stevens, Esq., who also sent in the ADDA a lot of whitewood lumber to the same place, on his own account. The entire ship load is consigned to Messrs. Z. Chase of Providence, R. I. This is the first vessel that has ever taken a cargo of lumber from the west direct to New England without transhipment.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      June 6, 1859

      MILWAUKEE VESSELS AT SEA AND ON THE COAST. -- The Milwaukee news says: "We learn that the schooner INDUS, Capt. Hunphrey, of this port, is now in Baltimore, loading domestic goods for Mobile, at a figure which promises to pay a very fair freight. We also learn that the schooner ADDA, of this port, has been chartered, and is now probably on her passage from New York to Charleston, S. C., from whence she is to proceed to Jacksonville, Florida, from thence to Port Spain, Island of Trinidad, and from thence to Maricaibo, where she is to load Fustic and return to New York.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      August 30, 1859

The sailing of the BLACK HAWK, says the Detroit Advertiser, makes the fiftheenth clearance from this port for Eurioe, direct, this season. The following is the list with the names of the Masters, dates of sailing, and cargoes.
      Rig Vessel Master Date sailed Cargo
      Schooner J. F. WARNER Manning May 8 staves
      Schooner R. H. HARMON Burke May 8 staves
      Brig J. G. DESHLER Gale May 11 staves
      Schooner G. D. DOUSMAN Smith May 11 staves
      Brig CAROLINE Mallott May 15 staves & lumber
      Schooner GOLD HUNTER Pomeroy May 14 staves
      Schooner GRAND TURK Stakweather May 14 lumber
      Schooner C. H. WALKER Rummage May 16 lumber
      Barque VANGUARD Davis May 21 staves
      Schooner St. HELENA Hall May 23 staves
      Barque CHIEFTAIN Wolvin May 29 staves
      Barque D. C. PIERCE Pennington June 1 staves & lumber
      Schooner EVELINE BATES Peterson June 1 staves & lumber
      Schooner HUGH BARCLAY Chadwick June 16 staves
      Barque ALLIES Farewell June 18 staves & lumber
      Brig BLACK HAWK Alexander June 24 staves
      Besides these, the schooner REPUBLICAN, Captain Coville, left Milan June 1; Barque W. S. PIERSON, Captain Root, Black River June 9th; Barque MASSILION, Capt. Ranson, Cleveland June 10th; and Barque N. M. SCOTT, Capt. Thorsen, from Milwaukee, passed Detroit June 10th, all bound for Europe.
      The schooners INDUS and ADDA, and the Brig SULTAN, also have cleared from Lake Ports for American ports on the Atlantic coast with cargoes of lumber.
      Of the sixteen vessels sailing from Detroit, a majority are laden with staves, and all either with staves or lumber, or both.
      The BLACK HAWK is probably the last one to leave this season.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      June 27, 1859

      Our marine column contains a remarkable and noteworthy arrival, all the way from Milwaukee. The schr. ADDA, Capt. Chase, was built at Milwaukee, and was loaded at St. Joseph, (opposite Milwaukee.) She passed through Lake Michigan, the Straits of Mackinac, Lake Huron, St. Clair River, &c., and the Welland Canal, and the Lake route into the St. Lawrence River, and through the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Gut of Canso into the "Salt Pond" known as the Atlantic.
      She left St. Joseph on the 28th of May, and reached Providence R. I., on the 12th July, after a route of 8,200 miles. From New York to Charleston she made 800 miles. In all 4,000 miles.
She would have reached an English port, had she made that course in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, in less time than was taken to reach Charleston. She is now taking a cargo of lumber for a South American port.
      The ADDA differs in many respects from our schooners of Atlantic make, and will repay a critical examination from all nautical eyes. She may be seen at Kerr's wharf. - Charleston (S.C.) Courier, August 19.
      Detroit Free Press
      August 25, 1859

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Adda (Schooner), 28 May 1859