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Lillie Parsons (Schooner), U15509, 14 Sep 1868

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ANOTHER NEW VESSEL. -- A new vessel is in progress of construction at the shipyard of Parsons & Humble, of Tonawanda, of the following dimensions, viz: Length on the deck, 133 feet; beam, 26 feet 2 inches; hold, 10 feet. She can carry 16,000 to 17,000 bushels of grain, in 9 feet draught of water. Her model is a fine one, and the material of her structure is the best quality of white oak. It is the intention of her builders to make her an A I vessel in every particular. She is to be schooner rigged. Her outfit is to be made by Norman Vos-urg Co. Her garboard streak is 5½ by 20 inches; bottom 3 inches; sides 3 ½ inches; floor, 3 inches, with 5 bilge streaks 3½ by 9 inches, 4 feet scarfs; ceiling, 3½ inches, 4 feet scarfs; clamps, 32 inches, with 7 feet scarfs. The clamps, ceiling and bilge streaks are all edge bolted, every 26 inches; with ¾ inch iron bolts. Her deck frames are heavy and strongly fastened with shelf pieces extending from stem to stem. These are of oak 5½ by 20 inches, and are fastened through the sides and beams with one inch iron and forelocked. This is intended to dispense with all hanging or bosom knees. A new feature of the structure of
this vessel is that the stanchions are being secured by iron straps around the beams and down stanchions 3 feet, strongly bolted. This vessel is not yet named. She will be in readiness to go into commission about the first of September. ---- Buffalo Commercial
      Chicago Tribune
      Thursday, August 27, 1868

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      At 4:00 on Monday afternoon next a new vessel called the LILLIE PARSONS, is to be launched from Parsons's shipyard, Tonawanda. A train will leave the Erie Street depot at 3:00 P.M., so that those in Buffalo who desire to witness the launch can do so without unnecessary loss of time.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      September 12, 1868 3-2

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lAUNCH. -- A new vessel called the LOTTIE PARSONS was launched from the shipyard of Mr. Parsons at Tonawanda, on Saturday afternoon.
      Chicago Tribune
      Wednesday, September 16, 1868
NAME: LILLIE PARSONS (1870; 1871; 1872; 1873); LILLIE PERSONS (1875); LILLIE PARSONS (1876;
1877; 1878)
RIG: Schooner
GROSS: 267.40 (1870; 1871; 1872; 1873; 1875; 1876; 1877; 1878)
HOME PORT: Osweo, NY (1870; 1871; 1872; 1873; 1875; 1876; 1877; 1878)
YEARS LISTED: 1870; 1871; 1872; 1873; 1875; 1876; 1877; 1878.
      MVUS, Pre-list to 1885

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Lillie Parsons (Schooner), U15509, 14 Sep 1868