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Grace Whitney (Schooner), U10239, 1 Nov 1866

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NEW VESSEL. - A very fine vessel arrived here on Sunday, from Gibralter, where she was quite recently launched. She is of the canal class. Her length is 143 feet; beam 26 feet; depth 11 feet. She will carry about 270,000 feet of lumber, or 18,000 bushels, and is as large as can be admitted through that thoroughfare. She was built by R. Calkins; is called the GRACE WHITNEY, and is owned by D. Whitney, Jr., Esq., of this city. She is now taking on her first cargo for Ogdensburg, under the command of Capt. Atkinson, a thorough sailor. - Detroit Free Press, 6th.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Thursday, November 8, 1866
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A NEW VESSEL. - The GRACE WHITNEY, a new schooner now lying at Detroit, is owned by D. Whitney, Jr., of this city. The vessel was built at Gibralter, by R. Calkins. She cost $30,000. Her carrying capacity is 20,000 bushels of wheat, and will be used for transporting grain exclusively. - Detroit Post.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Friday, November 23, 1866
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      NEW VESSEL. -- A new vessel, the GRACE WHITNEY arrived at this port this morning from Cleveland, the first craft from that port this season.
      The GRACE WHITNEY was built at Gibralter for D. Whitney, Jr., one of the proprietors of the extensive lumber firm of this city, C. & D. W., Jr., under the superintendence of Capt. E. W. Cross, who is superintendent of all the vessels of the above named firm.
      The dimensions of the GRACE WHITNEY are: Length 141 feet; beam 26 feet; depth of hold 11 5-10 feet; and measures 289 tons. She is one of the most substantially constructed vessels we have ever seen in this harbor, and in finish as well as strength, we are satisfied is not surpassed on the Lakes. Her fastenings are of the best description; every deck beam has a knee, over which and extending the entire length of the vessel are "stringers" of oak about 4 inches thick, and doubled to the width of about 2-1\2 feet, bolted from the outside of the hull and fastened on the inside. Another feature, and one of the most noticeable on deck are oak "stringers" about 3 x 12 inches in size, extending from stem to stern, and about 8 inches from the deck -- inside of the bulwarks -- and bolted firmly to the rail.
      The hull is a model for strength; the "centre-box" is located between the forward and midship hatches, and is differently constructed from any that we know of, having a broad limber considerably heavier than the remainder of that used in the"box," intending as a brace in the centre-board when the latter is in use.
The stern of the craft is of that beautiful model called "elliptic" giving her a clean, neat appearance aft. The cabin is a model of neatness and arrangement; the wood work is grained in imitation of butternut; and the "state-rooms" are arranged and finished with reference to the comfort of the occupants.
In every respect the GRACE WHITNEY is as staunch as could be built, and while the builder made her strong, he has given her that beautiful symmetry which is peculiar to the marine architecture of our great "Inland Seas." The vessel cost about $30,000. She is as large as will pass the canal and her carrying capacity (canal) is 18,000 bushels, but she can carry 20,000 bushels when not required to enter the Welland Canal.
The GRACE WHITNEY will be employed in the Toledo trade, and is now loading with walnut lumber for Ogdensburg. The G. W. is commanded by Capt. P. July, late of the brig MOHEGAN.
      Toledo Blade
      April 15, 1867

Schooner GRACE WHITNEY. U. S. No. 10239. Of 289 tons gross; 275 tons net. Built Gibraltar, Mich, 1866. Home port, Port Huron, Mich. 141.1 x 26.0 x 11.5 Crew of 5.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1909

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Grace Whitney (Schooner), U10239, 1 Nov 1866