The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
H. P. Baldwin (Bark), 1 Mar 1866

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SHIPBUILDING AT DETROIT. - The following statement is taken from the Tribune:
      J.M. Jones' Yard. - He is building a bark for B.G. Stimson, 180 feet in length overall, 33 feet beam, and 12 feet depth of hold. She will carry 33,000 bushels of grain. The craft is of substantial build, and will be fitted up with wire rigging, and when completed will be one of the most desirable vessels afloat. She will be ready to launch as soon as the river is clear of ice.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      March 7, 1866
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LAUNCH OF THE "H.P. BALDWIN" - On Thursday last the H.P. BALDWIN was launched at Detroit. She is the largest and handsomest vessel ever built at Detroit; she is 494 tons burthen (new scale); 177-1/2 feet length, overall; 33 feet beam, and 12 feet hold; square rigged with patent reef topsail, &c. She will be commanded by Capt. J.P. Cotton, and is owned by B.F. Stimson, Esq. At the launch the Free Press says:
She shot into the water for some distance, and for so large a craft, rode upon the waves like a thing of life. It was acknowledged by all that a more beautiful launch was never made in Detroit. A tug which had been in readiness to bring her back to the dock then started out for that purpose, but before it could get alongside, the strong wind which was blowing up the river, drove the new vessel back to the dry dock in which the propeller EDITH was undergoing repairs. Although not moving at any rate of speed, it was seen that a collision was inevitable, and considerable anxiety was created. The new vessel went steadily on, and just escaped colliding with the stern of the schooner SUMMER CLOUD, lying alongside the EDITH. The bowsprit passed over the guards of the EDITH and went crashing in among her pipes and deck rigging, making both vessels quiver from stem to stern. No very great damage was done to either vessel. The forward chains and braces of the H.P. BALDWIN were broken, and the air-pipe and some iron rigging of the EDITH demolished. The vessel then swung around, and was with no little trouble secured.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      March 31, 1866

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      Barkentine H.P. BALDWIN, 494 tons (new tonnage) built at Detroit Apr. 1866 by J.M. Jones. Owned by Hudson. Home port, Detroit. Value $26,000 Class A 2.
      Board of Marine Inspectors
      1871 Classification List

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H. P. Baldwin (Bark), 1 Mar 1866