The bark C J. KERSHAW, Capt. D.C. Pierce, will arrive at this port on Sunday next from Cleveland, on her way to St. Clair, where she will load with staves for Liverpool direct. The C. J. KERSHAW was built at Cleveland for Capt. Pierce, who already attained a world-wide celebrity as the commander of the DEAN RICHMOND. The Cleveland Herald says every timber, except her deck, is native oak, of unusual thickness, with extra knees, braces, &c. Double the usual number of bolts are employed about her, and one particularity about them is that the heads of the bolts are sunk 2 or 3 inches and then plugged with oak plugs dipped in white lead, thus preventing the water reaching the bolts to rust them. The timbers, knees, &c., are finished off with a care not often seen in ship architecture on the lakes. As she stands she is a perfect picture of neatness and strength. Her cabin is of extra size, and will be furnished in most excellent style. She is to be bark rigged, with Cunningham's patent reefing apparatus, enabling the sails to be reefed from the deck, an arrangement which we believe is new on the lakes. She will also be fitted with Robinson's patent steering apparatus. Her measurement will be about 300 tons, spread 3,000 yards of canvas, and can carry 16,000 bu. of grain. On her return she will bring iron for Worthington & Co. and Bingham & Co., and crockery for Huntington & Co. of Cleveland, as well as similar articles for Detroit and Chicago. Capt. Pierce expects to reach Liverpool in 40 days, and complete the return to Chicago by the 15th of October. In addition to the captain, his wife, and a crew of 9, passage for 10 persons has been engaged.
Detroit Free Press
July 9, 1857
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Chicago, July 22. -- The Barque C. J. KERSHAW, Captain Pence left here this morning for Liverpool. A salute was fired on the occasion. A dinner was given her officers last evening, by the Board of Trade, who accompany the Barque to Lake Erie.
Buffalo Daily Republic
Thursday, July 23, 1857
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ARRIVAL OF THE J. C. KERSHAW AT LIVERPOOL. -- Our esteemed fellow citizen J. C. Kershaw, Esq., has received the gratifying intelligence from Capt. Pierce, of the arrival of his namesake in the Liverpool Docks, on the 5th, inst.
The passage was made in twenty-six days from Quebec, the KERSHAW beating everything she fell in with.
It will be recollected that Captain Pierce navigated the DEAN RICHMOND from Chicago to Liverpool, and he has now the honor of taking one of the finest vessels of her class into that port, with speed and in safety.
The KERSHAW, we learn, excited general admiration in Liverpool, both on account of the novelty of her having sailed from a far inland port in the United States, and the beauty of her model and rig.
She was loaded with the production of the great west, which, we trust, will be disposed of to advantage in Liverpool.
It is probable that the KERSHAW will remain in England during the winter, as she can be employed in the coasting trade of that country, if thought necessary, the navigation laws of England permitting this to be done. -- Chicago Democrat.
Buffalo Daily republic
Tuesday, September 29, 1857
The Chicago Tribune says that on Saturday Mr. C. J..Kershaw of that city, received intelligence of the arrival of the bark KERSHAW at Liverpool from Cleveland. The passage occupied twenty-six days from Quebec. The KERSHAW will probably remain on the other side of the ocean this winter. In the spring she will return with a cargo of merchandize.
Buffalo Daily Courier
October 1, 1857