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Maria Hilliard (Brig), 27 Apr 1844

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OUR BRIG. -- Our new vessel now on the stocks which is to be rigged as an hermaphrodite brig is rapidly approaching completion. She is of beautiful model and is built in the most substantial manner. We confidently anticipate that she will not be surpassed by any vessel on the lakes. Her interior arrangements are on quite a new principle. Her accommodations for passengers and crew will be entirely on deck. The cabin is still so large that she will be able to carry 25 passengers. The hold from stem to stern will be clear and unobstructed - every inch of it left for the reception of cargo. Her rigging has been imported from the East at considerable expense and is of the best quality. Her builder, Mr. Averill and commander, Capt. Fearing are actively employed and hope to be able to launch her by the 10th of next month. --- Chicago Express.
      Buffalo Daily Gazette
      Saturday, April 8, 1844
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The hermorphidite brig, MARIA HILLARD has just been launched at Chicago. She is 190 tons burthen, Custom House measurement, and is owned by C. Walker & Co. Mr. Averill, & Capt. Fearing.
      Detroit Daily Advertizer
      April 27, 1844

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      launch. - The launch of the hermaphrodite brig MARIA HILLIARD came off beautifully last Saturday afternoon. The spectacle was quite enlivening, and was witnessed by hundreds of our citizens and a sprinkling of fair ladies; the vessel glided from the ways as if she were tired of being high and dry, and really presented a beautiful appearance in the water. Her model reflects great credit upon the skill and good taste of Mr. Avrill and Capt. Fearing. - Chicago Journal.
      Buffalo Daily Gazette
      Tuesday, April 30, 1844

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The new brig, MARIA HILLARD, left Chicago, on Monday evening, for Buffalo, with a full cargo.
      Detroit Daily Advertizer
      May 3, 1844

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      The MARIA HILLIARD, is a new schooner of the largest class, recently launched at Chicago. She is 112 feet long - breadth of beam 25 feet - depth 8 feet, and 195 tons burden. She is fitted up with 18 berths for passengers, and is owned by Capt. Fearing, Messrs. C. Walker & Co., C. Averill, of Chicago.
      Buffalo Daily Gazette
      Friday, May 10, 1844

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We learn from the Chicago News, that a vessel called the SCAMMON, after Mr. J.Y. Scammon of that city was launched on the 15th. She was built by Mr. James Avrill, the builder of the MARIA HILLIARD and propeller INDEPENDENCE, both beautiful models. The SCAMMON is a vessel of 192 tons, and is destined for the lumber trade.
      National Daily Pilot
      April 22, 1845

Among the numerous new sail craft which have visited our harbor for the first time this season, none presents a more beautiful appearance than the MARIA HILLIARD, Capt. Fearing. The MARTHA HILLIARD was built at Chicago, the past year, by Messrs. C. Walker & Co., of that place, and is intended for that trade; she carries 194 tons, and is thoroughly finished throughout. Among her arrangements for the convenience of passengers are seven state rooms, designed to accommodate 25 persons. Her rigging partakes in part both of brig and schooner, and the experiments already made have proved her to be among the most rapid sailing vessels on the lake.
She leaves for Chicago today, with a full complement of freight and passengers.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 23, 1844

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Schooner MARIA HILLIARD. Of 194.88 tons. Built Chicago, Ill., 1844 by James Averell. Home port, Chicago, Ill. Owned by Charles Walker. Captain George R. Ferring. 111.6 x 23.10 x 8.0 No gallery. One deck. Two masts. Scroll Figure-head. Enrollment Certificate, dated at Chicago, May 14, 1844

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Maria Hilliard (Brig), 27 Apr 1844