The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Golden West (Bark), U10199, 11 Apr 1861

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The splendid bark GOLDEN WEST will be launched between 3 and 4:00 this afternoon from B.B. Jones' yard on the Menomonee, should the weather prove favorable. The GOLDEN WEST is by far the finest vessel ever built at Milwaukee, excepting the CONSTITUTION, recently launched by the same yard, and next to the bark GREAT WEST, will be the largest vessel on the lakes, her grain carrying capacity being about 28,000 bushels. She is owned by Messrs Harrison & Chapin, of this city. - Mil. Sentinel, April 8.
      Detroit Free Press
      April 11, 1861

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The bark GOLDEN WEST was launched at the Monomonee dick in Milwaukee on Tuesday last. She is reported as a master-piece of strength and beauty. Her dimensions are as follows: Length 157 feet; breadth 32 feet 8 inches; depth of hold 13 feet -- custom house measurement.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      April 13, 1861

Bark GOLDEN WEST. U. S. No. 10199. Of 456.63 tons. Home port, Chicago, Ill.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1871

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Golden West (Bark), U10199, 11 Apr 1861