The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Eureka (Brig), 1 Jun 1849

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VESSELS AND LUMBER FROM CHICAGO TO CALIFORNIA. - We understand it is the intention of Judge Helfenstein of Milwaukee, to freight his vessel, the HELFENSTEIN with a load of two hundred or 250,000 feeet of lumber and despatch her direct to California. She will pass through the Welland Canal and down the River St. Lawrence. This will form a new era in lake navigation.
      We also learn that the owner of the brig EUREKA, also have obtained leave from the Canadian authorities to pass his vessel through the Welland and Lachine Canals to the Ocean. The EUREKA it is also intended to freight with lumber for California, of which she can carry an immense cargo as she is a large vessel. She has been laid up at this port for some time for want of freight. - Chicago Dem.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Thursday, June 21, 1849

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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. Any one 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
      Wednesday, September 12, 1849

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Eureka (Brig), 1 Jun 1849