The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Homer D. Alverson (Schooner), U95847, 9 May 1885

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The new schooner which is almost ready to launch at Dunford & Alverson's ship yard is one of the best built vessels on the lakes. The honor of naming her was claimed by Thomas Dunford, of the firm of Dunford & Alverson and he will adorn her with beautiful colors bearing the name " HOMER D. ALVERSON," who is Thomas Alverson's oldest son. The bright little fellow is only 4 years old and is said to be " a chip off the old block." We hope that in future years Mr. Dunford will always be able to point with pride to the schooner and also to the man whose name she bears, and as they grow old together and go into port after completing the final trip, that each may wear honors that will never fade.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, April 21, 1885

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      The handsome schooner HOMER D. ALVERSON was launched at Dunford & Alverson' ship yard this afternoon. She was built during the past winter and is one of the finest vessels ever launched. She is 202 feet overall, 35 feet 6 inches beam and 14 feet depth of hold. She will carry about 52,000 bushels and is A 1 in every respect. She is framed out of 6 feet flitch and the frames are 21 inches from center to center. Her main keelson is 16 x 16, two assistant keelsons 14 x 14, two rider keelsons 16 x 16. Bilge strakes, two of 8 inches, four of 7 inches, two of 6 inches, from bilge up 5 inches, three strakes of clamps 6 inches, shelf piece three strakes, 6 inches. Two garboard strakes 6 inches, one 5 inches and planked to rail with 4 inch olank. She has six hatchways 8 x 14, her bowsprit will be 23 x 24 in the knightheads and 43 feet long. Her fore and main masts are 93 feet long, 26 inch in partners, mizzen mast 82 feet long, 20 inches in partners, fore boom 58 feet long, 16 inches in slings, main boom 61 feet long, 16 inches in slings, mizzen boom 42 feet long, 12 inches in slings. Her very fine cabin is fitted with all modern improvement and her outfit is of the very best. She is owned by her builders, who will run her until a purchaser is found who will give them the price they ask for. She cost about $40,000, and her outfit was furnished by David Robeson, Jr. She was named by Thomas Dunford in honor of Capt. T.A. Alverson's son.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Saturday, May 9, 1885

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Homer D. Alverson (Schooner), U95847, 9 May 1885