The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chieftain (Schooner), 29 Apr 1857

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A new schooner called the CHIEFTAN was launched at Oakville on Wednesday (4/22). She is a large fore and aft craft, built for the Chicago trade; capacity 14,000 bu. wheat. - Oswego Times, 26th.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      April 29, 1857 2-5

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A large and very fine vessel built at Oakville by Messrs. Thomas, Pigeon, & Chisholm, for Mr. Gorrie, of this city, intended for the Chicago trade, was launched on Wednesday, in the finest style, from the builder's yard into her appropriate element. She is named the CHIEFTAIN. She will be fore-and-aft rigged and carry about 2,000 yards of canvas. She has 115 feet keel, 25 feet 6 inches beam, and 10 feet 8 inches in hold, and is expected to carry 14,000 bushels of grain. She will be ready for cargo about the 5th of May at latest. She will cost about 3,500 Pounds. -- Toronto Globe, Apr. 22.
      Buffalo daily Courier
      Tuesday, May 5, 1857

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Chieftain (Schooner), 29 Apr 1857