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C. P. Williams (Schooner), U4364, 1 Jun 1853

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The new fore and aft schooner C.P. WILLIAMS, building at Michigan City for Thomas Dyer of Chicago, and C.P. Williams of Stonington, Conn., whose name she bears, will be ready for launching on the 4th. of July. She is 450 tons burthen, and as a specimen of naval architecture will compare with the best models that swim the lakes. She will carry about 20,000 bushels of wheat, and cost in the vicinity of $20,000. The C.P. WILLIAMS is to run between Chicago and Buffalo, and will be commanded by Capt. Wm.H. Dobson, of Chicago, an experienced ship master and one of the best pilots on our inland waters. - Chicago Dem. Press.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Thursday, June 30, 1853

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LAUNCH. - The new schooner C.P. WILLIAMS, now on the stock at Michigan City, and owned by Thomas Dyer, of Chicago, and C.P. Williams, of Stonington, Conn., was to be launched today. She will be rigged at the "City," and load at that port with grain for Buffalo.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Friday, July 15, 1853

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The Chicago Tribune of Saturday says, a despatch was received in the city yesterday afternoon, stating that the new schooner C.P.WILLIAMS, which has been lying in the Creek at Michigan City, being rigged, has been hauled out to the outer bar, drawing 4 feet 6 inches of water. She will doubtless be ready to commence loading this morning for Buffalo. It is expected she will take 20,000 bushels of corn, and be ready to sail tomorrow.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Wednesday, August 24, 1853

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CLEARED. - The Chicago Dem. Press says:- "The clipper schooner C.P. WILLIAMS
built at Michigan City for Thomas Dyer, of Chicago, sailed from the former place on Sunday afternoon for Buffalo, with a cargo of 17,000 bushels corn. She has capacity for 20,000, but the depth of water at Dyer's pier would not allow her to take a full cargo. She draws ten feet with what she had on board. A portion of the pier was carried away last winter, it is again being extened into deeper water.
The WILLIAMS moved off finely with a fair wind, and as this is her trial trip, and her model has attracted considerable attention from builders, owners and sailors, the result of the experiment is awaited with much interest by these classes.
Shortly before she got under weigh, as a part of her crew were heaving at the capstan, the ring bolt to which a strained line was fastened in the deck, drew out, and striking one of them on the leg, below the knee, broke it and mangled it in a shocking manner. he will be brought here to the hospital as soon as he can be removed. We did not learn his name."
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Thursday, August 25, 1853

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C. P. Williams (Schooner), U4364, 1 Jun 1853