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Old Concord (Propeller), U18923, 1 Oct 1854

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A NEW PROPELLER. -- The Detroit Tribune of Wednesday says; "We had the pleasure of examining the model for a new propeller, to be called the OLD CONCORD, which is to be built for those enterprising gentlemen, Messrs. J.L. Hurd & Co., the coming winter. Her dimensions are to be as follows: 226 feet keel; 55 feet beam; 13 feet hold, and a capacity of 1076 tons. Her hold will be devided by four water tight bulkheads, and it is calculated that she will carry 22,000 bushels of wheat and 2,000 barrels of flour.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      November 4, 1853

NEW AND MAMMOTH PROPELLER.- Messrs. J.L. Hurd & Co., of this city, have just completed the contract for building the largest propeller on the lakes. She will be built at Newport under the charge of Mr. John E. Dixon, and will be out in the spring or early part of the summer. Her dimensions are--Length of keel, 225 feet; beam 36 feet; depth of hold 12 feet; burthen, 1,010 tons. --- The engine is to be built at the Detroit Locomotive Works, and will cost above $30,000. It will have two cylinders, each 36 inches in diameter, with 48 inch stroke. She is to have two stern wheels of 14 feet in diameter. She will beat in size and capacity any propeller now afloat, and is intended to take the broom for speed. Messrs. Hurd's new propeller, MARY STEWART, will also be ready for launching in about two weeks. ------ Detroit Tribune
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Thursday, October 19, 1854

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      NEW PROPELLER.---Yesterday we had the pleasure of examining the hull of a new propeller, belonging to the firm of J.L.Hurd & Co., which has just been built by Mr. John E. Dixon, of Newport. This new vessel is to be named the MARY STEWART and is intended to run in the north shore line of propellers. Her model is beautiful, being as sharp as the bows of a clipper, with a run aft like a steamboat. She presents the appearance of being one of the stoutest hulls that has ever been put on the lakes, her timbers being of the best material, and being thoroughly put together. Her planking is all bolted and fastened with nuts inside, and her timbers are carried up from the hull to the upper deck.
The MARY STEWART is 160 feet long and 27 feet 4 inches beam. Her depth of hold is 10 and a half feet. She is calculated to carry 500 tons burthen, or 4,500 bbls. of flour. She will be driven by a single engine with a cylinder of 40 inches by 28. Her wheel will be 13 feet in diameter.
As she lies now, she presents as handsome and well finished a piece of naval architecture as any that has been seen at these docks.
      Mr. Dixon, we understand, is getting ready to lay the keel of another large propeller for the same firm, which is to be called the "OLD CONCORD," and which is to be ready for service by next July. ------- Detroit Advertiser
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Tuesday, December 5, 1854

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      J.L. Hurd & Co's North Shore Line of propellers will connect, during the present season, with the great forwarding lines on the New York canals, and also with the New York Central Railroad at Buffalo. This line now consists of five of the finest, staunchest, and fastest propellers in the lake trade, all of the new or nearly so. The two first named, the FINTRY and the FALCON, commanded by Captains Langly and Woodworth, were built and modeled alike, and put on the route the summer before last. During last summer we have known the FINTRY, for three or four consecutive trips, to carry and discharge cargo at Detroit and Buffalo, and to make trip for trip with the MAYFLOWER. The OMAR PASHA, commanded by H.K. Lamgly, is a new vessel, and was put on the lake last fall, from the shipyard of Bidwell and Banta, of Buffalo. The MARY STEWART, Captain Henry Watts, is now at our dock, in almost complete running order, and we venture to say that she is one of the best specimens of naval architecture which is in the freight business. She was launched from the shipyard of Mr. Dixon, of Newport, late last fall. The OLD CONCORD is as yet on the stocks, but is to be a propeller of the largest size, and will be ready for the fall business. Her engines are all ready to be put into her. She is named in honor of the famous OLD CONCORD, of revolutionary celebrity, in Massachusetts. ---- Detroit Dem. & Inq
      The Democracy, Buffalo (part of article)
      Friday, March 16, 1855

Steam screw OLD CONCORD. U. S. No. 18923. Of 457 tons gross. Built Detroit, Mich., 1855. First home port, Detroit, Mich. DISPOSITION. -- Rig changed to a schooner April 20, 1876.
      Merchant Steam Vessles of the U. S. A.
      Lytle -- Holdcamper List, 1790 to 1868

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Old Concord (Propeller), U18923, 1 Oct 1854