The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Eliza R. Turner (Barge), 5 Jun 1867

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We paid a brief visit yesterday afternoon to the fine looking craft, which, for the time being, may more properly be denominated as a barge, built and launched recently at Trenton, by Almon A. Turner, a noted shipbuilder at that point for some years past. This vessel assumes the model and construction throughout of a noble ship, and as soon as the business shall warrant it, will be converted into a sail vessel. She requires no praise at our hands to pronounce her as strong a built hulk as is now afloat. Her length is 150 (K) x 30 x 11'6", and by new measurement 409 tons burthen. Her draft of water, light is but 3'6". The other arrangements are all in themselves complete, and perfected in a workmanlike manner. Her center-board box is a specimen of mechanism well worthy of the name. The cabin is roomy, and excellently furnished. Forward may be seen a massive windlass, 24 inches in its largest circumference. She is called the ELIZA R. TURNER, after the lady of Capt. Turner, the builder. She is owned jointly by S.H. Sheldon & Son, of Cleveland and Ballantine Crawford & Co., of this city. For the present season, she plies between Saginaw and Cleveland, towed by a powerful steam tug. Success attend her movement.
      Detroit Free Press
      June 5, 1867

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NOTE:- Listed as a schr. in Lloyds 1871 Register

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Eliza R. Turner (Barge), 5 Jun 1867