The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Elizabeth Jones (Bark), U8193, 6 Sep 1867

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The new vessel ELIZABETH JONES was built during the past winter and spring by Mason & Bidwell of this city. She sailed from this port on Saturday evening last for Chicago. She is stout, staunch and strong as any vessel ever built for carrying and fast sailing. Her dimensions are as follows: Length of keel, 185 ft.; over all, 193 ft.; breadth of beam 33 ft. 2 inches; depth of hold 13 ft. Tonnage, new style, 636.47 tons. She can carry 40,000 bu. corn. She rates A1 for 7 years, is bark rigged, and spreads 4,350 yards of canvas. Six tons of wire were used for rigging, which gives her a trim and light appearance. The timber used in the construction of her hull is all of the best quality of Ohio oak. She is diagonally braced with iron bars, fore and aft, 3 1/2 inches wide by 1 1/2 inches in thickness. She is butt-bolted ans square fastened with 1 1/2 inch iron. SHe has 5 breast hooks forward and 3 large breast-hooks aft. She has 16 midship beams, all kneed and bolted through and through. Her shelfpieces are 26 * 7 inches, bolted to deck frames and to sides of vessel, through and through. Her outfit embraces all the most approved modern improvements, among which are Talcott's heaviest No. 6 capstan, Emerson's patent windlass, spirit compass, patent log. Wetherell's barometer, patent rudder supporters, and a full supply of chains, cables and hawsers.
      In the center of her stern board is a beautifully carved eagle, handsomely gilded, surrounded with representations of the American ensign, and implements of war. There is also on her bow a handsomely carved eagle, superbly gilded.
      She has a spacious cabin, 32 ft. by 22, in which are a dining room, 20 1/2 by 11 ft., 5 state rooms, a wash room for the captain. On deck is the forecastle 12 by 13, and aft the main mast is a store room, 7 by 9. Aft the cabin are the mates' and cook's store rooms. She has 6 hatchways for receiveing and discharging cargoes.
      The color of the hull is white. The entire construction of this vessel was under superintendence of Capt. Wm. Bain, a man of large experience as a vessel master. The fame of the builders, Messrs. Bidwell & Mason, for many years so well and favorably known as masters of the art of shipbuilding, will be augmented by the construction of this vessel. She is second to none of the numerous fine vessels that have been built and commissioned during the present year. She is owned by the well known firm of Miles Jones & Sons, of this city. Captain Bain commands her. - Buffalo Commercial Adv., 4th.
      Detroit Post
      September 6, 1867

Bark ELIZABETH JONES. U. S. No. 8193. Of 636.47 tons gross. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1871

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Elizabeth Jones (Bark), U8193, 6 Sep 1867