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Great West (Brig), U10198, 20 Apr 1854

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A SPLENDID BRIG. -- Mr. James A. Baker has now on the stocks at his yard, at the foot of West First Street, Oswego, a magnificent vessel of the largest dimensions that can pass through the Welland Canal. The Palladium says she is about 400 tons burthen, and measures 142 feet in length, 26 feet breadth and beam, and 11 feet hold; and will carry 16,000 bushels of wheat through the canal at the present depth of water, and 18,000 bushels with 10 feet of water. She is said to be the most perfect built vessel that has been launched in Oswego, having all the latest improvements, among which is called a "Boston Steerer," and one of Talcott & Underhill's patent Mississippi capstans. She belongs to the enterprising fellow-citizen H.C. Wright, Esq., of Oswego, and will probably be launched on Saturday if the weather is fair. She is called the GREAT WEST.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Friday, April 21, 1854

The GREAT WEST, which was launched on Thursday from the ship yard of James A. Baker, has a new kind of steering wheel which is, we believe, superior to anything yet introduced on vessels here, as it obviates the necessity of having two or three men at the helm in rough weather. One man on a vessel with this improvement can answer the "starboard, "Port," "Steadee," &c., without assistance. Mr. Baker's vessel is highly spoken of by nautical men, and we ventured an opinion when she was on the stocks that she was a fine model, which has been confirmed by judges of that style of architecture.
      Oswego Times & Journal
      Saturday April 22, 1854

LAUNCH. -- The GREAT WEST, a fine vessel, which has been built the past season for our fellow citizen H.C. Wright, was launched yesterday afternoon, about 4 o'clock. It is a superior looking craft, and is one of the largest vessels that passes the Welland Canal. -- Oswego Journal.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Monday, April 24, 1854

THE BARQUE GREAT WEST. -- The largest sail vessel ever built for the inland waters, being 800 tons burthen, will be launched from the ship yard of Mr. G.S. Weeks on Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock. She was built for H.C. Walker & Co., of this city.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      May 17, 1854

NEW VESSEL. -- Among the arrivals at this port last week was the new barque GREAT WEST, from Oswego. She is a first class vessel, and has the following dimensions: - Length of keel, 136 feet; breadth of beam, 26 feet; depth of hold, 11 feet, and measures 360 tons. She was built this season at Oswego, and is owned by H.C. Wright, of that place. -- Chicago Journal.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Wednesday, June 28, 1854

Bark GREAT WEST. U. S. No. 10198, Of 278.00 gross tons. Home port, Chicago, Ill.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1871

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Great West (Brig), U10198, 20 Apr 1854