The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Thomas P. Sheldon (Schooner), U14871, 8 Aug 1871

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THE NEW BOAT. - There is a handsome new boat being finished at the shipyard above the upper bridge, that is the largest vessel that has ever built in this section. It is what is called a "three-and-after," and is 201 feet long, 35 1/2 feet beam, and 15 1/2 feet hold, and about 800 tons burthen. Its capacity is 40,000 bushels of corn, or 600,000 ft. of lumber. It will draw, when light, about 5 1/2 feet of water, and when fully loaded, 12 1/2 feet. The foremast is 98 feet above deck, the main 100 feet, and the mizzenmast 93 feet. This vessel was built by Thomas Kilduheimer, and will be launched between the 1st and 10th of next month. - Saginaw Enterprise, 20th.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Friday, July 28, 1871

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LAUNCHED. - On Tuesday a new schooner, the largest ever built in the Saginaw River, was launched and named the THOMAS P. SHELDON. She cost nearly $40,000.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Friday, August 11, 1871

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      THE SCHOONER THOMAS P. SHELDON. - A new three-masted schooner, called the THOMAS P. SHELDON, arrived here for the first time on Saturday morning, with a cargo of 47,206 bushels of corn. This vessel was built at East Saginaw last Spring and Summer, by Wm. Croswaithe, for John Kelderhouse, Esq., of this city. She is one of the finest modeled vessels we have seen. She is built of the very best white oak, and thoroughly fastened throughout, her keelsons showing immense strength, being six in number and running the entire length of the vessel. Her dimensions are as follows: Length, 200 feet; breath of beam, 33 1/2 feet; and depth of hold 13 1/2 feet. She has a commodious and comfortable cabin for her officers and a forecastle on deck forward for the crew. Her rigging is of the best gulvanized wire, which, together with her entire outfit, except the blocks was furnished by Locke, Austin & Sparks, ships chandlers of this city. Her blocks, which are all patent iron strapped, were made by Hawley Kline, of Buffalo. Capt. Chas. Gilbert, an able and experienced navigator, commands her, and we think he should feel proud of his vessel.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Monday, September 11, 1871
      Schooner THOMAS P. SHELDON. U. S. No. 24871. Of 669.46 tons gross; 635.99 tons net. Built East Saginaw, Mich., 1871. Home port, Cleveland, O. 194.0 x 33.2 x 13.1
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1891

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      Schooner THOMAS P. SHELDON. U.S. No. 24871. Of 669.46 tons gross; 635.99 tons net. Built 1871 at East Saginaw, Mich. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio. 194.0 x 33.0 x 12.0
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1886

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Thomas P. Sheldon (Schooner), U14871, 8 Aug 1871