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Owanungah (Schooner), 4 Jul 1835

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Fourth of ]uly.- - For an unusual thing, we hear of no arrangements to celebrate the anniversary in Buffalo. Our neighbours of White-Haven, however, we understand, are expecting on that day to launch their new Schooner O-WA-NUN-GAH (The Indian name for Grand Island), being about 150 tons burthen, and the first one every built on the Niagara, below Black Rock. She is said to be of a tasteful model, and constructed in the most substantial manner. We hear, also, that the workmen in the great saw-mill there, intend to cut up, with their saws, a white oak tree, weighing about 20 tons, being 64 feet long, and averaging near 4 feet in diameter, or 42 feet in circumference. This, to us, who only accustomed to the common cutting of a 12 foot long in a saw-mill, will be no common affair. Some other very large trees, we are told, are to be cut up in the several parts of the mill. A short oration will be delivered by John L. Talcott, Esq. of this city, and on the whole, we promise ourselves a novel as well pleasant amusement for the day.
The steam-boat General Porter, it is expected, will leave the foot of Main-street, for White- Haven at half past 9 o'clock in the morning, and return at 5 in the afternoon.
      Buffalo Whig & Journal
      July 1, 1835
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      Extracted from article on celebrating the "FOURTH"
      We availed ourself of an invitation from our neighbors of White Haven, on Grand Island, to attend the lanch [sic] of their new schooner, OWANUNGAH, and to witness the other interesting operations to take place there, on that day.
      The steamboat GENERAL PORTER, Capt. Norton, left for the Island at 10 o'clock, with a number of our most respectable citizens, and such ladies as the lowering and unfavorable weather did not deter from venturing.
      On her arrival at the island, the company were gratified, with an inspection of the mammoth steam saw-mill, which was put in operation, for the benefit of sundry huge white oaks, prepared for the purpose, and which were disposed of with astonishing celerity.
      The OWANUNGAH was then consigned to her destined element, freighted with a goodly number of Ladies and Gentlemen, who were thus borne gallantly into the yielding waters of the great Niagara, amid the cheers of the assembled spectators. She went off in fine style, and rode upon the waters like a sea-bird in its native element. She is of 150 tuns burden, and is intended, we understand, for carrying plank through the Welland Canal to Lake Ontario, whence they are to be rafted to Quebec, for the English market.
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The GENERAL PORTER performed admirably in stemming the rapids of the Niagara opposed by a strong head wind, on her return. The party reached the city at an early hour, much gatified with the excursion.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Monday, July 6, 1835 p.2, c.3

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      LARGE CARGO. - The schooner OWANUNGAH, of White Haven, last week arrived in our port from Cleveland, with upwards of 55,000 pipe staves on board, weighing more than 200 tons. The vessel is registered at a fraction less than 130 tons, government measurement, and although who had over 70 tons excess of cargo, she only drew eight and a half feet of water. She is built on the most approved plan of the Boston Coasters, which are famous for carrying large cargoes. The OWANUNGAH is, withal a first rate sailer, and having three masts, is manned with comparatively few hands.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Wednesday, September 9, 1835

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      Schooner OWANUNGAH, Master A. Todd, of 129.76 tons.
      Tonnage of Lake Erie, Oct. 1, 1836
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 13, 1837

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Owanungah (Schooner), 4 Jul 1835