The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Bessie Smith (Schooner), U2852, 11 May 1873

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The BESSIE SMITH is one of the largest schooner barges which floats the lakes. SHe passed this way on Saturday. She was built at Toledo for the firm of Shepaerd, Henry & Co., and intended to do duty as consort to the stmr. FRED KELLY in the iron ore trade. Her estimated carrying capacity is said to be 1,400 tons and her customs measurement will not vary far from those figures. In model and design throughout this vessel fully equals any other craft which has passed here this season. She has 3 masts with headstays leading direct to her knightheads, but has no bowsprit. She is a noble ship.
      Detroit Free Press
      May 11, 1873

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Schooner BESSIE SMITH.* U. S. No. 2852. Of 723.00 tons. Home port, Erie Pa.
      * Reported as lost.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1880/81

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Bessie Smith (Schooner), U2852, 11 May 1873