The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Colorado (Bark), 29 Mar 1861

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A name has been received for the large bark building by Peck & Masters for S.V.R. Watson, of Buffalo. She is to be called the COLORADO, and will be commanded by Capt. Branch. The construction of this vessel is watched with interest by lake men here. She will be most complete in build. On her bottom 4" planking is used; she has 6 streaks of bilge keelson, each 6" wide, and the balance of her ceiling from keelson to deck, is 4" plank. Arches, 4 streaks of a foot in width, extend from deadwood forward to deadwood aft. She has beams midway between the deck and the bottom of the hold, kneed off to her sides from stem to stern. These as well as the deck beams and earlings, are secured by a hanging and a bosom knee to every beam. One hundred barrels of salt have been used in her frame, every crevice receiving a quantity of preserving agent. Her masts will soon be put in place and work pushed forward for an early launching.
      Detroit Free Press
      March 29, 1861

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Colorado (Bark), 29 Mar 1861