The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
W. S. Pierson (Bark), 14 Dec 1858

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A NEW VESSEL. - A new schooner is being built at Sandusky, by Gay & Fordham for Messrs. Mills & Pierson of that city, of which Captain Gardner, Marine Inspector, furnishes the dimensions:- Length of keel, 131 feet 6 inches; breadt of beam, 25 feet 9 inches; and depth of hold, 11 feet 6 inches. The vessel is now in frame and partly planked. When complete, it will measure about 350 tons Captain Aaron Root, one of the veteran commanders of the lakes, formerly master of the propeller HENRY CLAY, will command the new craft. Captain Root quit the lakes several years since, and devoted his attention to stock raising; but it seems he is to return to his old employment, but with a more extended field, for it is understood his new charge is to proceed on an ocean voyage.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Tuesday, December 14, 1858

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      Bark W.S. PEARSON, of 386 tons, built Sandusky 1859 by Fordham. Owned by A. Root & others. Home port, Sandusky. Class A 1* Value $15,000.
      Board of Lake Underwriters
      Lake Vessel Register, 1860

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W. S. Pierson (Bark), 14 Dec 1858