THE BARQUE CANADA. -- The history of the famous bark CANADA, which has just ended her days, back-broken, and water-logged, upon a sand bar near Chicago, is briefly given by the Press & Tribune of that city, as follows:
The bark CANADA which ends her career -- a long and useful one -- upon the beach north of our city, has known better days. She came out in 1844 as the "fleet and splendid steamer CANADA," from the port of Chippewa, C. W., where she was built, and was for a time a crack craft on Lake Erie.
For some violation of the revenue laws, she was seized, forfeited to her Canadian owners, and sold by the U. S. authorities, being bought by a citizen of the United States.
She ran seven years as a steamer, and then was dismantled, her hull becoming the good bark, CANADA.
The bark has been generally a fortunate craft, and always a serviceable one. She ends her career gallantly, having made flour round trips to Buffalo this season, and, at the time of her disaster, having, on board a cargo of nearly half a million feet of lumber ! She has come to an honored and honorable end in coming in with her cargo, all of which will be saved, and involving in her own demise no loss of human life.
Buffalo Daily Republic
Thursday, September 2, 1858
Paddle wheel steamer CANADA. OF 738 tons gross. Built Chippewa, Ont., 1847, First [U. S.] home port, Detroit, Mich. Rig changed 1852. Seized as Canadian steamer for breach of U. S. Laws, July 1849. Documented as U. S. Vessel Sept. 6, 1849. Rig changed to a Bark August 7, 1852.
Lytle - Holdcamper List, 1790 to 1868
LARGE SHIP. -- The ship CANADA, of Buffalo, is in port here today for the first time. She is owned by Messrs. Walker & Bantam, and is under the command of Captain Bantam. Her dimensions are, length of keel, 208 feet; breadth of beam,32 feet;depth of hold, 14 feet; capacity, 1,100 tons. Last year she carried at one time 50,000 bushels of oats, and at another 40,000 bushels of wheat.
She brought up, as deck load, four of the largest size passenger cars; and is now loading for Chicago with 800 tons of coal and 300 tons of merchandize. - - - Cleveland Herald of Monday.
Buffalo Daily Courier
April 26, 1854