The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Sciota (Schooner), 1 Apr 1873

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      SCIOTA is the name of a noble vessel just completed at the yard of Messrs. Quayle & Martin at Cleveland, and which was launched Saturday afternoon. She is owned by Mr. W.E. Richmond, of Buffalo, and is of the following dimensions: Length of keel 206 ft.; over all 212 ft.; breadth of beam 34 ft. 8 inches; depth of hold 15 ft.; burden 1,500 tons; and has an estimated capacity for carrying 55,000 bu. wheat. The cost will be $75,000 when fitted out for active sea duty. The SCIOTA is a 3-masted double top-sail schooner and will spread 5,500 ft. of canvas. She is rigged with wire rope by Messrs. Locke, Austin & Sparks, of Buffalo, and the sails were furnished by Messrs. Provost & Cranes, of the same city. The vessel will be commanded by Capt. J.J.H. Brown, with Mr. J.A. Norwood as his first officer, Capt. Brown is one of the most experienced o9fficers on the lakes having been employed in navigating the waters of ocean, lake and river for the past quarter century. Mr. W.E> Richmond, the owner has spared no expense to make this vessel first class in every particular. After the launch he entertained his friends in the cabin in a princely manner, and he did not forget the humblest workman who contributed to the construction of his beautiful vessel. The SCIOTA is intended for the grain trade between Chicago and Buffalo and will be ready for business on the opening of navigation. - Cleve. Herald.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      April 22, 1873 3-5

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Sciota (Schooner), 1 Apr 1873