Launched at Erie, Pa., May 2d at the shipyard of George Hardison, a schooner of 365 tons burthen, called the ELI BATES, and owned by Capt. W.C. Davison and Taintor & Washburn, of Buffalo, and Capt. S.M. Johnson of Chicago and commanded by Capt. J.T. Davison, who takes an interest in the vessel. She has been built strictly in accordance with the rules laid down in the pamphlet published by the Lake Underwriters Assoc. in August last, with other improvements; has 4 inch sealing, bolted edge ways every 2-3/4 inches from the bilge to gunnels; her standing rigging is of the best Russian hemp, and sails of No.1 cotton. Capt. Davison acknowledges the receipt of a splendid suit of colors, presented by Eli Bates, Esq., of Chicago the liberal gentleman, whose name she bears. - Morning Express.
Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
May 8, 1857 25
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NEW VESSELS. -- The new schooner ELI BATES, 365 tons, built by Geo. Hardison for Messrs. Taintor, Washburn and Davidson, of Buffalo, and S. M. Johnson, of Chicago, was launched at Erie on Saturday. She will be sailed by Captain J. T. Davidson. -- Cleveland Herald.
Buffalo Daily Courier
Monday, May 11, 1857
NAME: ELLA BATES (Pre-list; 1869); ELI BATES (1870; 1871; 1872; 1873; 1875; 1876; 1877; 1878)
OFFICIAL NO: 7236
GROSS: 264.91 (Pre-list; 1869; 1870; 1871; 1872; 1873; 1875; 1876; 1877; 1878)
HOME PORT: Buffalo, NY (Pre-list; 1869; 1870; 1871; 1872; 1873; 1875; 1876; 1877; 1878)
YEARS LISTED: Pre-list; 1869; 1870; 1871; 1872; 1873; 1875; 1876; 1877; 1878.
MVUS, Pre-list to 1885