A NEW GOSPEL SHIP.
It is Well Advanced, and Will be Launched About the End of the Month.
The Rev. Captain Bundy, who announced his intention last fall of having a ship built which would be better adapted to his purpose than the one he has been using, has got the project in working order, and a ship is now in course of construction. The contractor is Charles Baldwin. Her dimensions will be as follows:
Length overall - 47 feet
Depth of hold - 6 feet
Breadth of beam - 14 feet
The material used in her construction is oak plank. She will be schooner rigged, and is to be gotten up in good fashion throughout. Her cabin will be sixteen feet in length, and will be comfortably furnished. Weather permitting, she will be launched from Bagley's yard, at Clark street bridge, the last day of April, and soon after that date Captain Bundy will start out on another of his commendable cruises. The Captain is at present visiting all the Lake Ports, and yesterday was at Cleveland.
The J. W. Hall Great lakes Marine Scrapbook, April 1877
Captain Bundy's new ship the GLAD TIDINGS, after having been inspected by Government officers at Chicago Tuesday, was registered as being of 20 16-100 tons burden.
May 25, 1877
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There was a little trouble at Bagley's shipyard on Saturday. It created some excitement, but no one was hurt. It seemed that the contractor for Captain Bundy's new gospel ship, Mr. Charles Baldwin, is somewhat in arrears with the carpenters engaged on the ship, and two of the men struck on Saturday for their pay, and attempted for a time to stop the other men in their work. The police were called and peace proclaimed. It is understood that the contract has been taken out of Mr. Baldwin's hands. Some of the men talk of libeling the new ship, but this will probably not be done, as Captain Bundy says that any and all bills presented to him in proper shape will be paid. The amount squabbled about is only about $100, if that much. The ship is about completed, and if there is no interruptions will be launched in a few days. - Detroit Post.
Wednesday, May 30, 1877
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AT CHICAGO. -- The GLAD TIDINGS was to have been launched on Wednesday afternoon, with appropriate religious exercises. The GLAD TIDINGS is a neat little craft of twenty-one tons measurement. Her length over all is 48 feet and nine inches; length of keel 40 feet and 6 inches; breadth of beam 14 feet and 6 inches; and depth of hold from the roof of the cabin to the floor, 6 feet 10 inches. The hull has been painted black and the cabin, inside and out, white. She is a fore and after schooner, and carries a mainmast and a foresail, a foregaff and a maingaff topsail, a maintopmast staysail and a jib and a flying jib To build this new ship Capt. Bundy has been supplied with funds aggregating $2,120, contributed by Christian people of the following places: Chicago, $1,100; Detroit, $472; Buffalo, $240; Cleveland, $196; Toledo, $71; Albion, N.Y., $25 and Erie, $16. The vessel has cost about $2,600, and will leave port free of debt. The contributors who furnished material were as follows: J. Donaldson of Detroit, foresail; Edward Mace, Detroit, jib; H. D. Edwards, Detroit, mainsail; Capt. Wilcox, Toledo, flying-jib; Upson & Walter, Cleveland, $50 worth of large chains; Swayne & Son, Cleveland, two gaff-topsails; Grover and Son, Cleveland, a large anchor. John Bloom, a sailmaker at Detroit, gave the colors. The Bethel flag illustrates a dove carrying an olive branch, and bears the word "Bethel," in white letters. The ensign is 14 feet long. Messrs. Stranton, Dunham & Holt, of this city, furnished all of the running rigging, and Gilbert Hubbard made some liberal donations. The GLAD TIDINGS will sail from this port next Monday for the northern end of the lake.
June 21, 1877