The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Western Metropolis (Bark), 5 May 1863

Full Text

At Jones' shipyard one hundred and fifty men are employed. There the steamer WESTERN METROPOLIS, formerly one of the floating palaces of the lakes, is being changed into a bark. Fifty feet of the bow has been cut off, leaving the hull still 275 feet long. She is being strengthened by a wall of oak timber strongly bolted, extending from bow to stern, and from keelson to deck beams. The sides are to be strengthened by additional timbers firmly bolted. The hold of the vessel is to be devided by two water tight bulk heads, the division walls being as strong as timber and iron can make them. This will make six compartments in the hold of the vessel, which will be made accessible for elevating grain from six hatchways. The cost for reconstructing the hull, will be about thirty-five thousand dollars, and when finished she will carry fifty thousand bushels of wheat. She will be the largest bark navigating the lakes, and if she has canvas in proportion to her hull, her model is such that she will be the swiftest sailing vessel. Her hull was purchased for $5,000 by A.J. Frink and Capt. J. Morey, the latter of whom is to sail her.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Thursday, January 22, 1863

      . . . . .

      The largest sail vessel at present afloat on inland waters, lay at anchor yesterday in the river opposite the upper end of the city. She is no less than the bark WESTERN METROPOLIS, formerly the clipper steamer of that name. We pronounce her the largest vessel from the simple fact that she is capable of carrying a cargo of 60,000 bushels of grain. In model and general appearance she is a beautiful craft, and, as regards to strength of build she is all that need be required for a vessel of her dimensions. She is commanded by Capt. C.P. Morey, formerly of the schr. LOOKOUT, a sailor who knows all the ropes on board of his mammoth ship, or yet any other, and who has many years experience on the waters.
      Detroit Free Press
      May 5, 1863

      . . . . .

Media Type:
Item Type:
rebuilt from steamer
Date of Original:
Local identifier:
Language of Item:
William R. McNeil
Copyright Statement:
Copyright status unknown. Responsibility for determining the copyright status and any use rests exclusively with the user.
Maritime History of the Great Lakes
WWW address
Powered by / Alimenté par VITA Toolkit

My favourites lets you save items you like, tag them and group them into collections for your own personal use. Viewing "My favourites" will open in a new tab. Login here or start a My favourites account.

Western Metropolis (Bark), 5 May 1863