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Lilla (Bark), 14 May 1849


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The bark LILLA, of and from Kingston, Upper Canada, which was before reported on her way down, arrived here yesterday morning in tow of the CHARLEVOIS. It was expected she would take in a cargo here and sail for England this fall, but the advanced state of the season renders it very doubtful whether she can be go ready in time.
      Quebec Mercury
      November 16, 1848

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      For Liverpool direct from Lake Ontario- The Brigantine LILLA, of about 300 tons burthen, owned by Capt. Hunter and built at Portsmouth, near this city, has proceeded down the River, and will complete her cargo and outfit at Montreal, with the view of proceeding to Liverpool. An experiement of this kind has often been spoken of, but the LILLA is the first lake vessel which has actually been sent down the river for the purpose of an ocean voyage. We have not heard of her arrival at Montreal. A report was in ciruclation this morning the she gounded in the Lachine Rapids, but we think without any foundation. It is highly improbable, to say the least, that a descent of the Lachine rapids would be attempted. ------ Kingston News.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Tuesday, November 21, 1848

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Port of Montreal -- Arrivals Nov. 11, 1848
Brig LILLA Capt. Dixon, from Hamilton, C. W. C. Levey & Co. ballast
      Montreal Gazette
      Nov. 24, 1848
     
Port of Montreal -- Cleared, Nov. 12, 1848
Brig LILLA, Capt. Dixon, for Quebec, order
      Montreal Gazette
      Nov. 24, 1848
     
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Port of Quebec Departures May 14, 1849
Schr. LILLA Capt. Dixon, for Limerick C.E.Levey & Co.
      Quebec Mercury
      May 19, 1849

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SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE.--- Schr. LILLA, arrived at Gravesend, June 30.
      Quebec Mercury
      July 25, 1849

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      LILLA
      Port of Liverpool No. 53 of 1850
Name . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LILLA.
Type . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Schooner
Port . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Liverpool, England
Tonnage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 255
When Built. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1846
Where Built . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kingston, Canada
Builders name & date of Certificate:- by Certificate issued at London, dated Feb. 9th. 1850 No. 33. Now cancelled
Date of Registration at Port of Liverpool :- Feb. 25th. 1850
Description of vessel:-
Length................. 118 feet &4/I0ths.
Breadth................ 23 feet & 4/lOths.
Depth of hold..........10 feet & 9/l0ths.
Decks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . One
Masts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Three
Bowsprit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Standing
Stern. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Square
Figurehead . . . . . . . . . . . . . Scroll head
How rigged. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Schooner
Build. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Carvel
Masters name. . . . . . . . . . . Robert Millar
Subscribing owners:- Alexander Morice and Robert Glass, Ships Chandlers and both of Liverpool and John Millar of Leigh, Edinburugh, Scotland, Master Mariner.
Registers Notations :- Certificate cancelled Dec. 29th. 1857
      Vessel lost near Newfoundland
Alexander Morice 22 shares - Robert Glass 22 shares - John Millar 20 shares = 64 shares
Endorsed 25th. Feb.1850, Alexander Morice & John Miller & Robert Glass have transferred by deed of mortgage dated I6th. Feb. 1850, sixty four shares to John George Clans of Liverpool, Merchant.
Endorsed 27th. Feb. 1850, Alexander Morice & Robert Glass & John Millar transferred by deed of mortgage dated 27th. Feb. 1850 Sixty four shares to John George Clans - aforesaid-
By bill of sale by way of mortgage dated 11th and I4th. July I85I, Alexander Morice & Robert Glass have transferred 44/64th. shares to Samuel Hawkins Napier of Liverpool, Ships Chandler.
      Public Records Office, Kew U. K.
      B T 10? / 329

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The Lilla - The brigantine Lilla, of this port, has returned to Quebec from her transatlantic voyage, the first lake essel, we believe, to cross the ocean. Of the trip, which has been a most successful one, we find the following notice in the Pilot:
Our Upper Canada readers will feel interested in the result of the trial to navigate the ocean with Lake schooners . Last fall, Messrs . C.E. Levey & Co., of Quebec, the owners, with their usual enterprising spirit, determined upon making the experiment, and brought down to this port the Lilla, a very fine three masted schooner, built at Kingston, by
Mr. Hunter, which was then lying at Cleveland, with the intention of sending the Lilla at once to England. The lateness of the season prevented the necessary alterations being made, and the vessel had to winter at Quebec. She sailed in May for London, and made a very good run home, and arrived at Quebec, having sailed from Deal on the 5th of July.
Our Western friends will have this satisfaction, that the first arrival of the fall fleet, on the second voyage, is the Upper Canadian clipper schooner LILLA, proving that slip keel vessels can traverse the Atlantic as fast as the finest European keeled vessels.
      Kingston Chronicle & News
      August 18, 1849

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NOTE:---The LILLA is the first "recorded" vessel which actually left the lakes for Europe, via the St. Lawrence River. The Brig McBRIDE entered the lakes from salt water, via the St. Lawrence prior to the LILLA, but how she went out, if she was the lake vessel ( JAMES McBRIDE ) is at present unknown ?



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1st Lake voyage to Europe ?
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1849
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McN.E.2599
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English
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William R. McNeil
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Lilla (Bark), 14 May 1849