On Thursday a schooner of full canal size, called the BELLE MITCHELL, was launched at Algonac. The schooner was brought down to this city the same day, and now lies at the Central elevator. She is taking on a cargo of wheat for Oswego and will leave for that port on Saturday evening. The vessel was built completely at Algonac, and her appearance reflects credit upon those who had charge of her construction. She was built under the superintendence of James Navat, of Oswego, and is owned by E. & O. Mitchell, of Oswego. Her cost was about $24,000. Another vessel, similar in appearance and carrying capacities, owned and built by the same parties, is now almost ready for launching, and it is expected that she will be fully completed next week. The name of this vessel will be the OLIVER MITCHELL.
Detroit Free Press
April 12, 1874
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Another New Schooner - the Belle Mitchell.
Last evening between 7 and 8 o'clock the new schooner Belle Mitchell arrived at this port with 18,000 bushels of wheat for Jenkins, hover & Co. This morning she was visited by many of our citizens and her good points fully discussed and commented favorably upon.
The Belle Mitchell, owned by E. & O. Mitchell, of this city, resembles in many particulars the schooner J.R. Noyes, being "lean" forward and aft, but with more sheer, the ends being more elevated. She has a clean run, that will leave the water smoothly, and if appearances do not prove deceptive ensure good steering qualities and a fleet sailor. None but the best timber was used in her construction nd she is finished in good style and securely fastened, ranking A 1 in all respects.
The master builder, James Navagh, of this city, who modeled and superintended the construction of the Belle and Oliver Mitchell, has every reason to be proud of the new schooner, for she will compare favorably with anything on lake or seaboard.
The Belle Mitchell was built at Algonac, Michigan, in the yard of Abram Smith, Eli Gokey, Simon and Frank Raby and John Crevare, of this city, having the contract. The new schooner established what has long been claimed, that Oswego carpenters, at home or abroad, cannot be beaten. The cabin, which shows excellent taste in workmanship in style and finish, is the handiwork of Larry Ward, of this city, a carpenter whose fame is far spread. the dining, sleeping and store rooms, and the kitchen and captain's parlor are large nd airy and well furnished.
The new schooner is a fore and after with clean handsome spars and in her fit out has every thing necessary. The rigging, running gear, lines, anchors, chains and colors are from the ship furnishing house of DeGrauw, Aymar & Co., No. 42 South street, New York, while the canvas is from the sail loft of H.W.. Greene, the well known sail maker of this city.
The Belle Mitchell, which was commenced last October and launched Wednesday, April 8, is of the following dimensions: Length 142 feet 6 inches; beam 26 feet 2 inches; depth of hold, 11 feet 4 inches, and measures 320 32/100 tons. She is commanded by Captain John Connor, of this city, an able and experienced seaman who will only be too happy to shake her up this season.
As a carrier the new vessel will be a success; besides her cargo of 18,000 bushels of wheat, which did not fill her, she had a deck load of hard wood lumber, consigned to Monen & Dowdle, in about two feet draught of water.
Oswego Daily Palladium
Thurs., April 23, 1874
Schooner BELL MITCHELL. U. S. No. 2892. Of 320.32 tons gross; 304.31 tons net. Built Algonac, Mich., 1874, Home port, Clayton, N.Y. 136.0 x 25.0 x 11.0
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885