The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chief (Schooner), 20 Aug 1860

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ANOTHER LAKE VESSEL FOR SEABOARD. - The new schooner CHIEF built at Cleveland for eastern parties, and destined for Boston with a cargo of walnut lumber, arrived here yesterday says the Detroit Tribune of Saturday, and commenced at once taking on her cargo at the Detroit and Milwaukee dock. Her model and style of finish we think somewhat exceeds the FOREST CITY, her predecessor. Though smaller in size, she is deserving of all that has been said of her, and speaks well for the skill and workmanship of her builders, Laffrinier & Stevenson. She will hail from Galveston, Texas, whither she sails from Boston, after discharging cargo.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Monday, August 20, 1860

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Launch - The Gulf Lighter, built by Lafrinier & Stevenson for eastern owners, was launched yesterday. She is named the Chief, and will be commanded by Capt. John Norris. Her dimensions are: Length over all, 76 feet 6 inches; breadth 22 feet 10 inches. Her tonnage, according to the Custom House, is 88 57/95 tons. The hull is painted black, relieved by a ribbon of white. The bow is handsomly ornamented with wreaths of flowers, a gilt figure of the Goddess of Liberty on each side. The head of an eagle forms the figure head. The Chief cleared yesterday for Boston. She will sail tonight for Detroit, and there load with black walnut for Boston. From thence she will proceed to Galveston. - Cleveland Herald.
      Detroit Free Press
      August 18, 1860

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Chief (Schooner), 20 Aug 1860