The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Matt Root (Schooner), 30 Jun 1855

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The schooner MATT ROOT.---The schooner built at Richmond the present season, says the Palnesville Telegraph, 4th. inst.,by M.L.Root, Esq.,and Capt. S. Snell, was launched on Saturday afternoon. The MATT ROOT, is 450 tons carpenter's measurement, and is only excelled in size by two vessels on the lakes. Her keel is 133 feet 6 inches in length; she is 143 feet on deck, 26 feet 3 inch beam, as wide as can pass the Welland Canal, and is 12 feet deep. Her timbers, ribs and planking are all of the best oak, spiked and bolted in the most substantial manner. Her beams all rest on knees thoroughly bolted. Outside planking is 3 and 4 inches, and inside, 5, 6, 7. Her centre-board 33 feet. She is built in a most thorough and serviceable manner. She is of a clean model, and we doubt not, will be known as a free sailer, she is capable of taking 20,000 bushels wheat, and drawing 10 feet of water, all the St. Clair Flats will allow. She will float 17,000 bushels of wheat, or 20,000 bushels of oats. Her model was drawn by Capt. Joel R. Norton of Madison, who has been her master builder. She is intended for the Buffalo and Chicago trade, and Captain Snell goes as skipper.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Saturday, July 7, 1855

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Matt Root (Schooner), 30 Jun 1855