The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Constitution (Bark), U4568, 23 Mar 1861

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THE NEW VESSELS:-- Two new large barks now on the stocks at B.B. Jones' ship yard will be ready to launch as soon as the ice will permit. Their capacity is as follows:
      One 580 tons, called the CONSTITUTION.
      One 620 tons, called the JANE E. HARRISON
      We venture to say these are the best built vessels on the lakes, and they are to be furnished with all the modern improvements, including Cunningham's Reefing gear - an invention in use on the Ocean, but which has never been introduced on the lakes, except in this instance. It is an extremely simple, and withal, ingenious contrivance obviating the necessity of sending men aloft, to reef the topsails - the most perilous duty that seamen have to perform. By this process the sails are reefed from the deck and in a fraction of time required by the old method - these two vessels will carry conjointly about 50,000 bushels wheat.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      March 15, 1861

      Yesterday afternoon a fine new vessel was launched from B. B. Jones' shipyard on the Menomonee. The vessel which was built for G.D. Norris and J. Page, is 580 tons register, and is to be bark-rigged. She is called the CONSTITUTION. This vessel is not yet sparred. - Milwaukee Sentinel, March 21.
      Detroit Free Press
      March 23, 1861
Bark CONSTITUTION. U. S. No. 4568. Of 422.67 tons gross; 401.54 tons net. Built Milwaukee, Wis., 1861. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio. 148.0 x 32.0 x 13.0
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885

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Constitution (Bark), U4568, 23 Mar 1861