At 3:30 this afternoon, the handsome new three-and-after, built at Bank's the past winter by Ballentine & Co., is to be launched, rigging set up, sails bent and anchors aboard ready for sea. She will display on her quarter and stern, and at the peak, the name H.W. SAGE, in honor not of the chairman of the Beecher Investigating committee, but of H.W. Sage, the salt and lumber potentate who officiated at the Beecher Investigation. The new vessel is of handsome model and put together in as substantial a manner as wood and iron can be joined. Her dimensions are: Length of keel, 203 ft.; length overall, 211 ft.; breadth of beam, 34 ft. 6 inches, and depth of hold 17 ft. She is wire rigged throughout, has an Emerson patent windlass, and will be handled by a 52 inch screw steerer. She will spread over 3,000 yards of canvass, and for her running gear over 1,100 ft. of steel wire rigging was used. Of galvanized wire rope, over 10,000 pounds was required. The rigging and fitting out of the SAGE was done by Messrs. Dunlap & Donaldson, of this city, under the superintendence of their foreman, Mr. J. Norris. Mr. T. Boston, superintended the construction of the boat.
Her capacity is 50,000 bushels and she will load at Bay City next week with lumber for Chicago. Her officers will be Capt. Robert Gaines of Port Huron, who sailed the schr. A.B. MOORE last season; mate, George Gaines, a brother of the captain. It is expected that she will on her arrival at Chicago load with grain for Buffalo.
Detroit Free Press
April 17, 1875
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H. M. Ballentine's new schooner H.W. SAGE was successfully launched at Banks on Saturday afternoon. She was named after the noted lumberman. She was launched after 9 months labor but all ready to take to tow line or spread canvas.
Port Huron Daily Times
Monday, April 19, 1875
Schooner H.W. SAGE. U. S. No. 95414. Of 848 tons gross; 805 tons net. Built Bangor, Mich., 1875. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. 203.0 x 35.6 x 13.0
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1900