The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Benjamin Barton (Schooner), 1 Jul 1835

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NEW SCHOONER. - Another new schooner, the BENJAMIN BARTON, a staunch and beautiful vessel, came into our harbor on Saturday last. She was built at Mount Clemens, above Detroit, for James L. Barton & Co. Forwarding Merchants, of this city, and received her name in compliment to the father of that gentleman, Major Benjamin Barton, one of the first individuals engaged in the forwarding interest on this frontier.
      This schooner, which measures 180 tons burden, is designed principally for the trade of the Upper Lakes. Her cabin is very tastefully and neatly furnished and fitted up with state rooms, &c. and capable of accommodating some fifty passengers. One article of its furniture, struck us as being a very useful one which ought to be introduced on board every vessel or boat designed for the conveyance of passengers - it is an iron safe, in the captain's office, for the convenience of those who wish to deposit money and valuables for safe keeping during the voyage. The frequent losses passengers meet with from pick-pockets, &c. make such safeguards very desirable.
      Some idea of the finish and magnitude of our Western vessels may be formed from the cost of the BENJ. BARTON, which was nearly $13,000.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Tuesday, July 21, 1835

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      NEW SCHOONER. - We had pleasure a few days since, of viewing an extremely beautiful specimen of Michigan naval architecture, the schooner BENJAMIN BARTON Capt. Charles G. Ludlow, of Detroit, and owned by Dorr & Jones, and Bloom & Cole, of Detroit, and James L. Barton, and others of this city.
      She was built at Mount Clemens, Michigan, on Lake St. Clair, of 180 tons burthen, and for beauty of model, elegance of finish, and style of rigging, has few if any equals. Her cabin is furnished with four state rooms, each contains two double berths, and other berths and conveniences for lodging nearly fifty cabin passengers, besides the steerage,--all arranged in a style equal to many of the first rate steamboats. It is 106 feet from deck to her main top-mast head.
      The BENJAMIN BARTON is built and finished for the Chicago trade. These specimens of ship building are highly creditable to the navigation of the lakes.
      Buffalo Daily Star
      Wednesday, July 22, 1835

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FOR CHICAGO, MICHIGAN CI1Y AND ST. JOSEPHS.-The new Schr. BENJAMIN BARTON, Capt. Chas. H. Ludlow, burthen 180 tuns, will leave this port on Wednesday, the 29th July instant, for the above mentioned places. The BENJAMIN BARTON is the largest schr. on the Lake, and expressly fitted for the upper country trade. Her cabin, (composed of state rooms,) is very large and elegantly furnished, capable of accommodating fifty passengers. For freight or passage, apply to the Captain on board, or to the subscriber. J.L. BARTON, Agent, Commercial St. July 29.
      Buffalo Whig & Journal
      July 29, 1835


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Benjamin Barton (Schooner), 1 Jul 1835