The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Milwaukie (Ship), 9 May 1836

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ARRIVAL EXTRAORDINARY. - Yesterday arrived in our port, the beautiful new schooner CHICAGO, burthen 140 tons, from Grand Island. This fine vessel belong to Messrs. Gelston & Evans, of the Commercial line, in this city. She was built at the Grand Island Company's ship yard at White Haven, by Mr. B.F. Delano, builder. The day before yesterday at 2 o'clock P.M. she was on the stocks; a few minutes afterwards, she was launched, full rigged; immediately on gliding into the river she hoisted sail, and at five o'clock was at the lower village of Black Rock. She lay there at anchor until yesterday, when she came into our port under easy sail. She is to be immediately loaded, and proceed to the thriving town whose name she bears, and between which and our city, she is to ply as a regular packet. We believe this is the first instance on these waters where a vessel has been launched full rigged, and put under weigh the moment of touching her destined element.
      At the same yard next week, and in the same style, is to be launched the splendid ship MILWAUKIE, built for Messrs. Barker & Holt, of this city, by Mr. Delano. She is 112 feet length on deck; 26 1/2 feet beam, and has 10 1/2 feet hold; burthen near 300 tons. This is the first ship, and the largest vessel constructed on the upper lakes, and will carry an immense cargo, besides having large accommodations for passengers. She is a fine model, with an easy draft of water, and is designed as a regular trader between Buffalo and the various port on Lake Michigan.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      April 30, 1836 p.2, c.1

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SHIP LAUNCH. -- The shil MILWAUKIE, of 300 tons burden, will be launched at Grand Island, Monday next, full rigged, ready for sailing. The OLIVER NEWBURY steamboat will leave for Grand Island at 9 o'clock A. M., with passengers and return at 2 P. M. Also the VICTORY, at her regular trips, will convey passengers to Grand Island and back.
      We will give a complete description of this vessel in a future number. She will sail for Milwaukie and Chicago, the Sunday following the launch.
      Buffalo Daily Star
      May 5, 1836
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We were now at the side of the boat, and passing across her deck, stepped on board the good ship MILWAUKIE, to scan and admire her beautiful proportions. It must have been a glorious treat, to inspect such a lovely craft - so perfect and "ship shape" in every part. She is an uncommonly staunch vessel, of nearly 300 tons burthen, measuring on deck 112 feet in length, by 26 1/2 feet beam, has 10 1/2 feet hold, and can stow some 3000 barrels. She has a fine deck cabin, with ten state rooms, two berths in each, which will be fitted up in superior style. She was built by the Grand Island Company's builder, Mr. B.F. Delano, after a model furnished by Captain Augustus Jones, and under his direction. She is to be attached to the Merchant's Line, as a regular trader between this port and Chicago, Milwaukee, and other ports on Lake Michigan - is owned by Messrs. Barker & Holt, of this city, and will be commanded by Capt. Wm. Dickinson, an experienced seaman. (part)
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 11, 1836 p.2, c.3-4

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Milwaukie (Ship), 9 May 1836