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Eureka (Bark), 1 Sep 1849


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THE "EUREKA" --FOR SAN FRANCISCO!
      This good vessel sails direct from our port for California. The required authority has been obtained from the British Government, to pass through the St. Lawrence, and soon the EUREKA will be off.
A lot of passengers have engaged berths. More are yet vacant; a few more. Let out young men who are resolved to go, embrace this fine opportunity. None so good will offer from the west.
The EUREKA lies along side of Jones' Ship Yard, Ohio City. She was built in 1847. Length, 138 feet; 20 feet 6 inches beam; 11 feet hold, and carries 400 tons burthen. Her main cabin is entirely new, and fitted up in fine style, for sixty passengers. Her after cabin is already chartered by two families.
The EUREKA, if we are a judge, is as strong as wood and iron can make her. A score of experienced seamen have examined her, and say that in point of strength, she is second to no vessel. Anyone will be convinced of this who will visit her. Her cargo will consist mainly of lumber, a portion of which will be taken on here, and the balance at Quebec.
She will leave this port on the 24th inst. and Quebec on the 24th of October. Any person who has not fully made up their minds to go on her from this port, can get to Quebec in time by leaving Cleveland about the middle of October. For particulars see advertisement of W. A. Adair & I. L Hewitt.
      The Daily True Democrat (Cleveland)
      Wednesday, September 12, 1849
     

FOR CALIFORNIA.---We learn from the Cleveland Herald, of Saturday, that the barque EUREKA, whose advertisement has been in our columns for some time past, is positively to sail for California, on the 24th.,just a week from today. This is a capital chance for any one who has the gold fever, we know several, says the Herald, who are going on her, among our citizens, and we will guarantee that if good company, a first rate sail craft, and an excellent appointment of officers and crew, can make a voyage pleasant, this will be.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Monday, September 17, 1849 p.2
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THE "EUREKA" THE FIRST VESSEL FROM THE LAKES TO CALIFORNIA.- Last evening the barque EUREKA hauled down the river to the pier, where she now lies in good sailing trim waiting for fair winds to start on her long voyage. her course lies through Lake Erie, the Welland Canal, lake Ontario, and the River St. Lawrence, to the Atlantic. The sailing of the EUREKA, the second merchant vessel from the lakes to the ocean, is an era in marine affairs, and a striking evidence of their wonderful progress in the last thirty years. -- Cleveland Herald
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Saturday, September 29, 1849 p.2

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      THE "EUREKA" THE FIRST VESSEL FROM THE LAKES TO CALIFORNIA
      From the Cleveland Herald.
      Last evening the Barque EUREKA hauled down the river to the pier where she now lies in good sailing trim waiting for fair winds to start on her long voyage. Her course lies through Lake Erie, the Welland Canal, Lake Ontario, and the River St. Lawrence, to the Atlantic. The sailing of the EUREKA, the second merchant vessel from the Lakes to the Ocean is an era in marine affairs, and a striking evidence of their wonderful progress in the last thirty years.
      On the 6th. of November 1821, only twenty eight ago, the steamboat WALK-IN-THE- WATER was wrecked, and there was not a steamboat upon the waters of these lakes which now floats an immense commercial marine.
      Emigrants to Ohio then plodded their slow course in covered wagons, and now emigrants for California take passage at Cleveland, and without leaving their vessel are landed on the shores of the Pacific.
      At a quarter before twelve this morning, the HENDRICK HUDSON steamer took the EUREKA in tow and in half an hour after she cast off, made sail, and the long voyage was begun. A crowd was gathered on the piers to see her start, and many a hearty good bye and heartfelt wish for the success of those on board, and especially for our Cleveland boys, went with her. The barque is owned by Mr. W.A. Adair, commanded by Capt. Wm. Monroe, with Mr. Freeman as first mate. Ed. Beardsley of Cleveland and Sault St. Marie goes out as Steward, and Capt. L.D. Burnell as supercargo, and A.S. Baldwin as Physican.
      We are indebted to G.W. Rirty, acting clerk, for the following list of passengers:
Jno. P. Jones, Cleveland; C.E. Bassett, Elyria
Henry Jones, " S. Strong, "
Geo. S. Clute, " E. Abbey, "
Henry Barker, " M. Lovejoy, "
C. Cokely, " Samuel Gross, Milan, O.,
Wm. Keevin, " M. Lewis, "
Geo. B. Hovey, " J.V. Wilmot, "
Henry Lloyd, " H. Orndorff, Zanesville, O.,
P. Holt, " J. Orndorff, "
D. Nelson, " C.C. Huntington, "
Jno. E. Skillicone, " E. Williams, Trumbull Co.;
Benj. Pierce, " N.E. Penfield, Willoughby;
J.P. Bryan & family, " J.S. Brienzer, Wayne Co. O.;
J. Pease & family, " W.W. Culver, Green Creek, O.;
Henry Hance, " H.N. Jones, Braceville, O.;
J.M. Brown, " J. Huntington, Painesville, O.;
Geo. Brown, " Jno. Lobsher, Sandusky, O.;
E. Pelty, " R. Burwell, Jamestown, N.Y.;
A. Kinnonmouth, " R.C. Chappell, Buffalo, N.Y.;
Henry Doan, " C. Ethridge, Auburn, N.Y.;
O. Cutter, Jr., " J.W. Thorpe, Ft. Wayne, Ia.;
Geo. Hickox, " Jas. Douglass, Michigan.
Thos. Smith, " Henry Stacey, Canada.
Robt. Taylor, " Jas. Perkins, "
Moses Clayman, " H. Levenworth, St. Catharines, Canada;
A.S. & W. Baldwin, " W.B. Corey, Gremorak.
A. Muirr, Ohio City, F. Eggleston, Independence, O.

      We give the following additional intelligence from the Plain Dealer:
      She completes her freight at Quebec, where she stops to be copper-bottomed, and which place she will leave on the 24th of October. She will then pass through the Gulf out to sea, and will not touch again until she reaches Rio, from which place we shall get letters from several of the passengers.
      The following is the cargo of the EUREKA:
      50 bbls. flour, 37 bbls. paint, 5 tons grindstones, 4 boxes cigars, 125 wooden doors, 182 stoves and furniture, 20 bbls corn meal, 50,000 feet lumber, 10 boxes pickles, 500 bags of salt, 1 steam engine for a saw mill, 2,000 lbs sausages, 26 tin boilers, 37 tin ovens, 274 lbs stove pipe, 102 elbows for stove.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Saturday, September 29, 1849

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      NEWS FROM THE EUREKA.---By a returned passenger, the Cleveland Plain dealer learns that the EUREKA reached the mouth of the Welland Canal, on the evening of the day after leaving that port; that she ran into the steamer LONDON, and damaged her considerably, but received little injury to herself
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Thursday, October 4, 1849

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      The Thorold (C.W.) Advocate of the 4th.inst., says the EUREKA, bound for California, has been detained for the last three days in that place, in consequence of being a few inches too broad to pass through the smallest sized locks. Her sides are being trimmed off, and it is expected she will be ready to pass through today. The EUREKA is a fine looking bark, capable of carrying 500 tons. After this voyage has been accomplished, we may with truth say that our internal lake navigation is connected with that of the whole world.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Saturday, October 6, 1849 p.2

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      THE EUREKA. --- This vessel after making the necessary repairs started from St. Catharines on Monday Last. She passed down Lake Ontario without touching at any of the American ports.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Saturday, October 13, 1849 p.2

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BARQUE EUREKA.---By the Montreal Pilot we learn this vessel cleared at the Custon House of that place for San Francisco on Thursday last, with the following cargo and 38 passengers; 37 barrels paint, 5 tons grindstones, 4 case cigars, 125 doors, 50 cooking stoves, 119 cottage stoves, 70 barrels flour and corn meal, 1 ton bologna sausages, 500 bags salt, 50 M feet of lumber, 10 boxes pickles, 1 engine boiler and fixtures, and saw mill fixtures, 26 tin boilers with covers, 103 elbows, 214 hhds stove pipes, 37 tin ovens.
This is the first American merchant vessel that has ever sailed below Montreal; she has been allowed to do so by special authority from England. The EUREKA is 375 tons burthen, 137 feet keel, 26 feet beam, and carry 4,000 barrel of flour. She drew 7 feet 9 inches of water, and had no difficulty in coming from the upper lakes except in the Welland Canal. The locks in this canal are of two sizes, 45 feet and 27 and a half wide. One of the smallest size, No. 24, was found to be only 26 feet 4 and a half inches wide, and the sides of the EUREKA had to be cut away to enable her to pass through.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Wednesday, October 24, 1849 p.3

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      NEWS FROM THE EUREKA.
      It will be recollected that the bark EUREKA sailed from Cleveland early in the autumn, for California. News has been received from her at Quebec, dated Nov. 3d, when all was well on board. She was being prepared to encounter the boisterous navigation of the Gulf of St. Lawrence by striking some of her loftier spars, etc., and was expected to sail on that day.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Thursday, November 15, 1849

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1849
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Eureka (Bark), 1 Sep 1849