The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
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; 13 feet hold; being 737 tons burthen. Her carrying capacity is for 27,000 bushels of wheat. The NORTH WEST although owned in Chicago, is most decidedlly a Cleveland boat, being built and fitted up here, with the exception of her rigging, which is Buffalo make. Her finish is very handsome, being neat and tasty, her cabins and state rooms are regular steamboat style. Her model is one which promises speed as well as extraordinary strength. She is to be commanded by Capt. Atkins.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Monday, May 12, 1862

      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