The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chicago Tribune (Chicago, IL), 18 Jul 1856

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CHICAGO AND LIVERPOOL - Yesterday evening witnessed the first departure of a Chicago vessel from this port direct to Europe. The vessel is the schooner Dean Richmond, owned by Charles Y. Richmond of this city, and her captain, D. Columbus Pierce. She takes a cargo of 16,000 bushels of wheat, owned by the vessel owners, direct to Liverpool via the Welland canal, the St. Lawrence river, &c. She is a very staunch, new schooner, just built by Lenaire (sic) & Martin, of Cleveland, after the same model of the Gold Hunter, built by the same shipwrights for Mather & Co. of this city; and the best judges say she is perfectly safe in any sea, and could double Cape Horn with ease. Her capacity can be judged from the cargo taken. She left our harbor in tow of the steam tug Hamilton Morton, and had the British ensign as well as the American stars and stripes floating from her different mast-heads. A number of the Board of Trade members accompanied the vessel an hour's sail on her voyage, all of whom are deeply interested in this first experiment of shipping direct to Europe.

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Dave Swayze
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Chicago Tribune (Chicago, IL), 18 Jul 1856