SHIP BUILDING. - We notice, says the Milwaukee Sentinel, there are two of the largest sized vessels on the stocks at B. B. Jones' ship yard in the Fifth Ward, which are to be ready for the early spring Trade. The one whose construction is furthest progressed is a barque of 560 tons, or 26,000 bushel capacity, for Messrs. Norris & Page. A portion of the frame is now up. She will be 145 feet long, with 33 feet 3 inch beam, and 13 feet between decks.
The other one, which is being built for Messrs. Harrison & Chapin, also a barque, is still larger, her dimensions being 620 tons, or 27,000 bushel capacity, and 155 feet keel. This latter, with the exception of the barque GREAT WEST, will be the largest sail vessel on the Lakes. The model of each may be seen at the ship yard.
Buffalo Daily Republic
Thursday, November 1, 1860
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THE NEW VESSELS. -- The two 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 of wheat
Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
March 15, 1861
Barkantine CONSTITUTION, of 562 tons. Built Milwaukee by B.B. Jones in 1861. Owned by Norris & Page. Home port, Milwaukee. Value $18,500. Class A.
Register of the Ships of the
Lakes & River St. Lawrence, 1864
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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