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North West (Bark), U18102, 1 May 1862

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LAUNCH AT CLEVELAND. - The Cleveland Herald of Saturday says: A new bark named the NORTH WEST, was launched from the ship-yard of Messrs. Peck & Masters for B.S. Shepard, Esq., of Chicago. Her dimensions are as follows:- Length of keel 160 feet; over all 165 feet; 31 feet beam, 18 feet hold, being 737 tons burthen. Her carrying capacity is for 27,000 bush. of wheat. The NORTH WEST, although owned in Chicago, is most decidedly a Cleveland boat, being built and fitted up here with the exception of her rigging, which is Buffalo made. Her finish is very handsome, being neat and tasty, her cabins and state-rooms are regular steamboat style. Her model is one that promises speed as well as extraordinary strength. She is to be commanded by Capt. Atkins.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Saturday, May 10, 1862

SHIPBUILDING AT CLEVELAND. -- The number and tonnage of vessels built at Cleveland exceeds any previous year. There have been built and put in commision: (from Cleveland Herald)
      Propeller S. D. CALDWELL 757 tons burthen.
      Propeller TIOGA 459 tons burthen.
      Propeller tug Wm. B. CASTLE 221 tons burthen.
      Propeller tug AJAX 55 tons burthen.
      Propeller tug MARS 55 tons burthen.
      Propeller tug WINSLOW 265 tons burthen.
      Propeller tug ROBT. ANDERSON 175 tons burthen.
      Barque TWILIGHT 895 tons burthen.
      Barque CHENANGO 884 tons burthen.
      Barque P. C. SHERMAN 566 tons burthen.
      Barque UNADILLA 569 tons burthen.
      Barque NORTH WEST 628 tons burthen.
      Barque KATE DARLEY 567 tons burthen.
      Barque GOLDEN FLEECE 609 tons burthen.
      Barque SUNRISE 598 tons burthen.
      Barque GEORGE SHERMAN 405 tons burthen.
      Barque PARANA 559 tons burthen.
      Barque SUPERIOR 574 tons burthen.
      Schooner HOWELL POPPOCK 408 tons burthen.
      Total of all classes 19: Tonnage 8,318 tons.
      Buffalo daily Courier
      Wednesday, June 4, 1862 (condensed)

Bark NORTHWEST. U. S. No. 18102. Of 458.54 tons. Home port, Chicago, Ill.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1871

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North West (Bark), U18102, 1 May 1862