The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Luther Wright (Schooner), 19 Apr 1846

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The new vessel at Huron -- The LUTHER WRIGHT -- was launched on the 19th. Captain William Dana commands her. Tonnage, about 180.
      Daily National Pilot, Buffalo
      Sat. Morning, April 25, 1846 p.3

NEW VESSELS.---The rapid increase of new sail vessels visiting our port, this spring, has caused us to omit to mention the first appearance of the schooner LUTHER WRIGHT, Capt. W. Dana, built at Huron, during the past winter. The LUTHER WRIGHT is of the largest class of sail craft, with a three masted rig. The total failure of this manner of rigging vessels on the lakes, in the case of the OWANONGAH, the first, and until the appearance of the WRIGHT, the only attempt, has operated unfavorably on the minds of our seamen, to its introduction. In this instance, however, the builder - Mr. F.D. Ketchum - and Capt. Dana, have produced a vessel in every respects faultless, as least as far as sailing qualities are concerned. The two principle objects gained by the use of three masts, are; furnishing the requisite quantity of canvass, without using the immense topsails and yards carried by our brigs and top-sail schooners, which are often burthensome to a vessel in a heavy gale; and, furnishing lighter sails to handle, than a regular fore-and-after, of the same tonnage.
The dispensing of these in the case of the OWANONGAH, caused her to work and steer bad, but as we before mentioned, in the present instance, these difficulties are overcome, by a more judicious arrangement of the three spars.
The LUTHER WRIGHT is furnished with a large airy cabin, containing regular steamboat state-rooms, well furnished. On her stern is a well executed painting of Luther Wright, representing on one side, "a pile of specie" on the counter of his bank, and on the other, two female figures. The vessel is built and furnished throughout in a neat and substantial manner, and reflects much credit on the nautical talents of her master builder. The LUTHER WRIGHT is owned at Huron and Milan, by Spencer & Co.
      Daily National Pilot, Buffalo
      Sat. Morning, May 9, 1846 p.3
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Schooner LUTHER WRIGHT, built at Huron during 1846 at a cost of $8,500. She is of 195.45 tons.
      List of vessels built on Lake Erie during 1846
      Cleveland Weekly Herald
      Wednesday, January 13, 1847

      Marine Intelligence - MILAN FLEET.
      1. - PURITAN
      2. - PILGRIM, built by Ruggles
      3 - EXCELSIOR, built by Ruggles
      4 - DAWN, built by Lyons
      5 - MONSOON - built by Lyons
      6 - SKINNER
      7 - SEA GULL
      8 - VINCINNES
      9 - LUTHER WRIGHT, three masts
      Buffalo Express
      April 27, 1847

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Luther Wright (Schooner), 19 Apr 1846