The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
David Morris (Bark), 12 Aug 1857

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The new bark DAVID MORRIS made her first appearance in port this morning, and by her fine proportions and model attracted considerable admiration on the part of the vessel owners and masters on the river. She was built at Black River at the ship yard of Capt. William Jones, and is owned by Mr. Wm. I. Price of this city. Her dimensions are, length 141 ft.; width 2? ft and hold 11 ft.; her tonnage being by custom house measurement 2?? 56/95th tons. She will have capacity for carrying at least 17,000 bu. of wheat. She is very strong having 3 inch plank arches in her sides bolted through and through with iron, and over 160 breast and diagonal knees. Her rig is that of a bark and she spreads 2700 yards of canvas. She is furnished with the Reed's patented steering apparatus, now very much approved on large vessels, and has on board Brown's patented windlass for weighing anchor. No pains have been spared by Capt. Jones in making her thorough built and staunch vessel. The MORRIS is to be sailed by Capt. Cornelius Vader, formerly of the GRACE MURRAY. Her cabin is lofty, air and convienent, having kitchen and pantry, dining room, officers apartments and cosy quarters for the master a --------- arranged, handsomely finished, and grained in oak. The vessels cost is stated at $18,000. - Cleveland Plain.
      Detroit Free Press
      August 12, 1857

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David Morris (Bark), 12 Aug 1857