The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Honest John (Schooner), 1 Mar 1855

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NEW VESSELS.---Only one new vessel is to be brought out this spring at Chicago, as known at present, and that is a barque of 450 tons, which Messrs. Dolittle & Miller are building for J.H. Levenworth, of that city. It will be out early in June. They are also rebuilding the schooner HONEST JOHN, for C. Mears & Co.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Saturday, March 17, 1855

VESSEL BUILDING. -- The Chicago Press says that Messrs. Doolittle & Miller are building at their yard on the North Branch a new vessel for J.H. Levenworth, of Chicago, which will be ready to launch early in June. She is 130 feet on deck, will measure 400 tons, and will be rigged at a barque. The schooner HONEST JOHN, owned by C, Mears & Co., was relaunched from the ship yard of Doolittle & Miller last Saturday afternoon, where she has been sheathed, and had received a new deck and a new centre box.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Wednesday, April 11, 1855

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Honest John (Schooner), 1 Mar 1855