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Sweepstakes (Schooner), U22358, 10 May 1856

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A LAUNCH. - Tommorow morning at ten o'clock, will be launched from the shipyard of Messrs. Quayle & Martin, the schooner SWEEPSTAKES, owned by Augustus Handy. - Cleveland Herald, 9th.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      May 12, 1856

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      LAUNCH. - Quayle & Martin, ship builders, launched this morning a fine schooner built for Augustus Handy. A large number of citizens were present to witness the affair, and the name of the " SWEEPSTAKES " was given to the craft, the baptismal ceremony being accompanied with the contents of a basket of prime Catawba. Her dimensions are as follows:- Length 144 and 5-100 feet; beam 30 and 22-100 feet; hold 11 and 38-100 feet; and by Custom House measurement she registers 437 and 43-95 tons. She will be commanded by Captain W. Buffington. -- Cleveland Herald, 10th.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      May 13, 1856

Schooner SWEEPSTAKES. U. S. No. 22358. Of 309 tons. Home port, Chicago, Ill.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1869

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Sweepstakes (Schooner), U22358, 10 May 1856