The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Helvetia (Schooner), U95213, 1 Jun 1873

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In shipbuilding, the tendency of the times seems to be towards vessels of enlarged capacity. The fine new schr. HELVETIA is of this class. She was launched yesterday morning at Tonawanda. The old experienced shipbuilder F.N. Jones, built the craft for Messrs. N.C. Winslow & Sons of this city. None but the best of material was permitted to be used, and in construction the utmost care and pains were taken to insure a first class vessel. In size and construction she is a credit to her projectors and builder, and also a credit to our lake marine. With an abundance of capital at command, her owners have permitted no question of false economy to interfere in their desire to produce, if possible, a better craft than floats the lakes, and it is thought they have succeeded in the HELVETIA. She will cost when completed about $65,000, and her carrying capacity will not be less than 55,000 bu. corn. Her dimensions are: Keel, 200 ft.; beam 35 ft.; hold 14. Her rigging was procured at Cleveland. Messrs. Provost & Cairns, of this city, furnsished her sails, and Messrs. Vosburgh & Baker, of this city, supplied most of her outfit. It is hoped that she has been launched under a lucky star, and that her life may be prolonged to a good old age and be attended with continued good fortune and prosperity.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      June 6, 1873 3-5

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The fine new schr. HELVETIA built at Tonawanda, has been towed to this port, and is about entering service. She takes a cargo of coal to Chicago.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      June 10, 1873 3-6

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      A very fine new vessel, of mammoth proportions, passed up yesterday morning hailing from Buffalo, and is just from the hands of her builder, F.N. Jones, at Tonawanda. She has on board 1,350 tons of coal on a draft of 12 ft. 5 inches water. She is commanded by Capt. Sam Flint, who is a popular navigator on the lakes; claims his vessel can carry 1,600 tons on 13 1/2 ft. water, and if this proves correct she will excel any other vessel in this respect afloat. The HELVETIA is 200 ft. long, 35 ft. beam and 14 ft. hold. Her coast is about $65,000. She has 3 masts, and no pains has been spared in her fit-out. She is owned by Buffalo parties, who expect her return to that port with 55,000 bu. corn on board.
      Detroit Free Press
      June 15, 1873

SPLENDID NEW VESSEL. -- A magnificent new three-masted schooner called the HELVETIA, laft port last night on her first trip up the lakes, carrying 1,347 tons of coal, a cargo larger than ever known before, by vessels drawing the same draft of water, viz; 12 feet 6 inches. This vessel was built at Tonawanda by Mr. F.N. Jones, for N.C. Winslow & Sons, of Buffalo, at a cost of $75,000. She was launched on Thursday last, and is commanded by Capt. Sam Flint, an old and experienced lake navigator. The dimensions of the HELVETIA are as follows: - Length of keel, 201 feet 6 inches; length over all, 208 feet; breadth of beam, 34 feet 4 inches; depth of hold, 14 feet 4 inches; custom-house measurement, 793 tons. Her standing rigging is all of wire, and was furnished by Upson & Walton of Cleveland. Provoost & Co., of this city, supplied the sails, and the rest of the outfit was furnished by Messrs. Vosburgh & Baker, of this city.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      June 12, 1873

Schooner HELVETIA. U. S. No. 95213. Of 793.13 tons gross; 753.30 tons net. Built Tonawanda, N.Y., 1873. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1884

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Helvetia (Schooner), U95213, 1 Jun 1873