The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Wells Burt (Schooner), 1 Jul 1873

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The new schr. WELLS BURT was launched at Detroit Dry Dock Saturday afternoon. Her dimensions are: Length between perpendiculars, 202 ft.; beam 34 ft.; hold, 14 ft. She is estimated to carry between 50 and 55,000 bu. corn. Everything in her get up is first class, being as the phrase hathit, "as strong as wood and iron can make her." Her rig will be that of a 3 masted double top-sail schooner. She is owned by Coyne & Allan, the latter of whom is to command her.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      July 16, 1873 3-5

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      Detroit.---Wells Burt , after whom one of our best schooners is named and the pioneers in the Michigan mining industry, died here of the 29th. ult. Mr. Burt was born near Buffalo in 1820, his father being W.A. Burt, inventor of the solar compass. When twenty-one years old Wells Burt, having then lived some years in this state with his father, was appointed assistant United States surveyor, and, while locating many of the iron mines of the upper peninsula, made investments which laid the foundation of his fortune, which approximates $500,000. He was a large holder of the stock of the lake Superior Mining Company, of the Peninsula Mining Company, and other corporations.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Dec. 8, 1887 p. 5

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Wells Burt (Schooner), 1 Jul 1873