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Bay State (Schooner), U2141, 18 Apr 1855

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LAUNCH.---We understand that the schooner BAY STATE was launched from the shipyard of Messrs. Jones, yesterday afternoon.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Thursday, April 19, 1855

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LAUNCHES.---FOUR NEW VESSELS.---F.N. Jones at his yard on the Creek has launched within a few days four new vessels, and has another on the stocks which will be launched next week. The first vessel launched was the schooner BAY STATE of 44 0 tons burthen for E.K.Bruce. Then the barque JOHN SWEENY, of 405 tons,owned in part by the builders, and two schooners named respectively PERSEVERANCE and ENTERPRIZE of about 350 tons burthen each, and built for Messrs. Niles & Kinne. The schooner INDUSTRY which was built last fall was the pioneer of "Kinne's Line" but was lost on her first return trip, from Waukegan.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Saturday, May 5, 1855

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NEW VESSEL. --- The Milwaukee Sentinel speaks in high terms of the new schooner BAY STATE, just arrived from Buffalo, commanded by Capt. Wm.D. Robinson. She registers 344 tons, cost $15,000, and was built by Messrs. Jones of this city.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Monday, May 21, 1855

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      SHIP BUILDING AT BUFFALO.--This completes the list of vessels now on the stocks, there are, however, several others to be built, of which we have no particulars. The foregoing 17 vessels now on the stocks and launched within a day or two show a tonnage of 6,160 tons. To which we add a list of vessels launched this spring, with their dimensions
Class Name Tons Length Breadth Depth
Propeller RESCUE 285 125-5 25 10
Propeller DIME 60 -- -- --
Barque JOHN SWEENEY 405 140-4 30 10-6
Schooner BAY STATE 341 127-9 27-8 10-6
Schooner ENTERPRIZE 297 121-9 25-10 10-3
Schooner PERSEVERANCE 294 121-2 25-9 10-4
Schooner ANTELOPE 337 127 26-2 11
Schooner J.F.TRACY 175 102 24 8
Schooner YORKTOWN 125 85 14 6-6
Schooner GENOA 198 104 25-9 9-3
This will give the total tonnage up to the present time from the 1st. January, 1855, at 8,777 tons.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Thursday, July 19, 1855

Schooner BAY STATE. U. S. No. 2141. Of 249.38 tons gross. Built Buffalo, N.Y., 1855. Home port, Chicago, Ill.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1884

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Bay State (Schooner), U2141, 18 Apr 1855