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Minerva (Schooner), U16628, 1 Sep 1863

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NEW VESSEL. - A new and substantial built fore-and-aft schooner passed up on Sunday evening called the MINERVA. She was built at Cleveland by Wm. Jones, a well-known shipbuilder, for parties at Grand Haven, Michigan. She is 500 tons burthen and is highly spoken of by those who have examined her. - Detroit Free Press.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Wednesday, September 30, 1863

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      Capt. Leonard of the schooner MINERVA, which is here with lumber, and will in a day or two leave for Tampa, Fla., and will take the boat as far as Montreal. The MINERVA is the last of the sailing ships on the Great Lakes hailing from Chicago. She came down here under her own canvass, and has always operated under sail.
      Capt. Leonard yesterday left $37 with Collector of Customs George Bleistein to be turned over to the heirs of Peter Hansen, the deckhand who was washed overboard on the way down Lake Michigan. The money was due Hansen for wages. [part]
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      June 16, 1916

Schooner MINERVA, Of 292 tons. Built Black River, Ohio, 1863 by Wm. Jones. Owned by Wm. Loulet. Home port, Grand Haven, Mich. Value $11,000 Class A1
      Board of Lake Underwriters
      Lake Vessel Register, 1866
Schooner MINERVA. Of 215 tons [new tonnage]. Built Black River, June 1863, by Wm. Jones. Owned by H. H. Getty. Home port, Grand Haven, Mich. Value $10,000. Class A 2.
      Board of Marine Inspectors, 1871
      Classification of Lake vessels & Barges
      Schooner MINERVA. U. S. N0. 16628. Of 222.11 tons gross; 211.01 tons net. Built at Black River, Ohio, in 1867. 125.5 x 26.7 x 9.8 Home port, Chicago, Ill.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1891

Schooner MINERVA. U. S. No. 16628. Of 222.0 tons. Built Black River, Ohio by Wm. Jones in 1863. Rebuilt 1874 and 1886. 125.5 x 26.7 x 9.8 DISPOSITION -- Stranded at Florida, June 25, 1920.
      Herman Runge Notes
RIG: Schooner
LOA: 125.1
BEAM: 25.7
DEPTH: 11.0
GROSS: 215.63 (Pre-list; 1869; 1870; 1871; 1872; 1873; 1875; 1876; 1877; 1878; 1879; 1880; 1880-
81; 1882; 1883; 1884; 1885
NET: 204.85 (1884; 1885
CITY: Black River
HOME PORT: Grand Haven, MI (Pre-list; 1869); Chicago, IL (1870; 1871; 1872; 1873; 1875; 1876; 1877;
1878; 1879; 1880; 1880-81); Muskegon, MI (1882; 1883; 1884); Chicago, IL (1885
YEARS LISTED: Pre-list; 1869; 1870; 1871; 1872; 1873; 1875; 1876; 1877; 1878; 1879; 1880; 1880-81; 1882;
1883; 1884; 1885
NOTE:-- The Merchant Vessel Lists are obviously in error with the date of build as 1867.

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Minerva (Schooner), U16628, 1 Sep 1863