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Governor (Schooner), 12 Sep 1849


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SOMETHING NEW.---Sailing from and returning to an Ohio port, from a foreign voyage, is rather singular---yet here is the record of fact:- A late Halifax Chronicle notices the arrival, on the 12th. inst., of the schooner GOVERNOR, from Toledo, with a cargo of 10,000 bushels of corn, and 1,000 bushels of oats, which is to be exchanged for mackerel----freighted with which the GOVERNOR will return up the St. Lawrence, through the Welland Canal, avoiding the Niagara Falls, up to the Erie, away across the Inland sea, and thence to her destination in the far west.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Saturday, September 29, 1849 p.2

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Schooner GOVERNOR, cleared Quebec for Halifax, Capt. Godfrey
      Port Arivals & Departures
      Quebec mercury
      Sept. 1, 1849

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      ANOTHER ARRIVAL FROM THE FAR WEST.---The schooner GOVERNOR, from Toledo, Ohio, arrived on Wednesday, and is now lying at Fairbanks and Allison's wharf. The distance is 3,000 miles, and the voyage was accomplished in 30 days. This fore and-aft which has crossed the Inland Seas, is 224 tons burthen, and 110 feet length keel, she has on board 10,000 bushels of corn and 1,000 bushels of oats.
This cargo, it is supposed by the consignees, to exchange for mackerel. Thus freighted, the GOVERNOR will return up the St.Lawrence through the W elland Canal, avoiding the Niagara Falls, up the Erie, away across the Inland Sea, and hence to her destination in the far west...........(part) Halifax Nova Scotian
      Daily British Whig, Kingston
      October 5, 1849

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CANADA TRADE.---The schooner GOVERNOR, from Halifax, N.S., which port she left on the 12th.Oct. arrived here this morning. The GOVERNOR has had a long tedious voyage. She was 30 days between Halifax and Kingston. her consignee at this port had given her up for lost, a month ago. She passed through the Welland Canal, and entered Lake Erie a week ago last Saturday, and the next day arrived at Point au Pelee channel, where she encountered a succession of heavy gales, lost her mainsail, broke her main-boom, and but for the strength of her cables, which enabled her to ride out the storm, she would have been driven ashore and probably lost. She has been ten days exposed to the worst weather we have had this season, on Lake Erie. She will lay up at this port, and return to Halifax as early in the spring as navigation will permit. The GOVERNOR is freighted with mackerel and salt, and has a large cargo. her trial trip has proved rather expensive and tedious, but it is believed that by making from three to five successful trips during the season. The trade thus opened with Canada may be made profitable to all concerned. ---------------- Toledo Blade, 4th. inst
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Monday, December 10, 1849


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      PORT OF MONTREAL---SHIPPING REGISTER
      PORT NUMBER 17 of 1849

Name........................ GOVERNOR
Type........................ Schooner
҆Port....................... Montreal
Tonnage..................... 223 tons burthen
When built.................. 1847
Where built................. Kingston
Builders name & date of certificate:-- John Quinn, August 12, 1849
Date of Registration at Port of Montreal :-August 27, 1849
Description of vesser:- Surveyor, John Mills
      Length................... 109 feet
      Breadth.................. 23 feet, at midships
      Height between decks..... 10 feet & one tenth
or
      Depth of hold..........
      masts.................. Two
      Decks................... one
      Bowsprit................ Standing
      Stern................... Square
      Figure-head............. a Scroll
      How rigged.............. Schooner, carvel built
      Present Master.......... John Godfrey

Subscribing owners:-David L.McPherson, of Montreal -- 21 shares
      John McPherson of Kingston ------ 43 shares

David McPherson sold 16 shares to Wm. Robson Taylor of Kingston, July 12,1853

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One of the oldest vessels on the inland seas is the schooner Governor, Capt. Alf Fitzgeralds. She was built at Kingston in the year 1846, and since that time has been in commission. she has never been rebuilt, and today has the same decks and top sides she came out with. her floor timbers are sound, and her plan, below the water mark, are as well preserved as any vessel afloat. Like Mark Twain's captain, her bilge water becomes impure occasionally and has to be sweetened.
      Oswego Daily Palladium
      Mon., Aug. 1, 1873


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1849
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McN.E.2096
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English
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William R. McNeil
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Governor (Schooner), 12 Sep 1849