The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Sunshine (Bark), 18 Oct 1854

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We had plenty of storms upon the Lakes, and it gives us pleasure to say that a new streak of sunshine is about to break upon them. A barque christened the SUNSHINE, has just been launched at East Saginaw, built at one of the yards there being, and owned by J.R. Bentley & Co., of this city, and Jesse Hoyt of N.Y. City. In size she is only exceeded by the new barque GREAT WEST, while her beauty are said fully to equal those of that admired craft. Her dimensions are as follows: 157'(K), 164'(O.A.) x 29'6" x 11'8"; tonnage 504 34/95 Custom House measurement. She will be commanded by Capt. Kirbey, who is said to be a brave sailor and a jovial companion.
      The SUNSHINE leaves Saginaw on the 18th for Chicago, where she will take on freight and proceed direct to this port. We hope her fame will be as extensive as name is pleasant. - Buff. Exp., 16th.
      Detroit Free Press
      October 18, 1854

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Sunshine (Bark), 18 Oct 1854