The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Levi Rawson (Bark), 14 May 1861

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Quite a sensation was produced yesterday by the arrival in port of a new bark called the LEVI RAWSON, hailing from Cleveland, but built we learn, at Black River, Ohio. To give an adequate statement of the build and admirable arrangements this fine vessel is possessed of, would require the space of our entire marine column. We suffice for the present to state that those by whom she was inspected while here, pronounced her unrivaled. Her length is 143 ft. over all; breadth 30 ft.; depth of hold 11 ft. 8 inches, and measures something over 473 tons burthen. She was modelled and laid down by Mr. Wm. Jones of the above place, and presents ample evidence that the work has been faithfully performed. Along the entire length of her keelson a sort of canal has been built which admits, in case of sinking, a passage of water direct to the forecastle, where a steam pump can be admitted through a top gallant forecastle deck, and the vessel pumped out when 20 ft. underwater. She has 5 hatches through which to receive her cargo, and a 6 inch ceiling. Her cabins have all the appurtenances considered necessary even on steam craft, and is the most substantial built we have yet seen with double decks fore-and-aft. Capt. Cornelius Vader commands her himself, a thorough going sailor.
      Detroit Free Press
      May 14, 1861

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Levi Rawson (Bark), 14 May 1861