The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Yankee Blade (Schooner), 20 Sep 1855

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NEW VESSEL. -- The YANKEE BLADE is the name of a new vessel of 350 tons, just from the hands of the builder, B.B. Jones, of this city. She is owned by Messrs. Holt & Ensign, and goes into the Chicago trade. Mr. Jones is also building another schooner, to be called GRAPE SHOT, of the same size for the same owners, which is nearly completed. A new fore-and-after, called the GERTRUDE, will be launched today from the yard of G.W. Jones, built for Messrs. B.L. Spangler & Co. She is of 300 tons burthen, and has capacity for 16,000 bushels. These several vessels are all of the first class, and will be hard to beat anywhere on inland waters. Others are in process of construction, and will be announced in due time.
      Buffalo Daily republic
      Monday, September 11, 1855

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      The YANKEE BLADE is the name of a new vessel just cleared for Chicago. Her dimensions are: length 131 ft.; beam 26 ft. 3 in.; hold 11 ft.; and she registers 350 tons. She was built by F.N. Jones, for Messrs. Holt & Ensign, of this city. She is commanded by Capt. West, and will trade between here and Chicago, a well fastened, fine looking and staunch craft. The same parties have another schooner, the GRAPE SHOT, nearly completed for them by B.B. Jones, of 370 tons. Buffalo Courier.
      Detroit Free Press
      September 20, 1855

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Yankee Blade (Schooner), 20 Sep 1855