The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
James Coleman (Schooner), 1 Mar 1846

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LAUNCH AT DUNDAS. -- I have just returned from the launch of the truly beautiful schooner lately built in this place for our spirited townsman, James Coleman, Esq. Everything went off just as the most ardent admirers of such sights could desire.
      The day was very fine, remarkably so, for the season; the banks of the Canal were crewed by respectable and evidently interested persons; nor were the interest at all lessened by a very fair attendance on the part of the Ladies.
      The time fixed for the launch was two o'clock, but, in consequence of cutting ice, &c. it did not take place till half past three. Shortly after the discharge of a piece of ordinance, the word was given, blocks were driven away, the ropes cut, and off she went, in splendid style, amidst the shouts of at least 1,500 spectators.
      This fine schooner, named, by request of the owner's townsmen, the JAMES COLEMAN, is 120 feet in length, 26 in breadth, and burthen 340 tons. She is expected to make her first trip upon the opening of navigation.
      The Argus, Kingston
      March 24, 1846

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Name J. COLEMAN Register Number- 8
Type. Schooner
Port. Dundas
Tons. 232
When Built -
Where Built -
Builders name & date of certificate:- Surveyor, Wm. Pruig [?]
Description of vessel:-

Length 117 feet & two tenths
Breadth 23 feet & two tenths
Depth of hold 10 feet

Decks. One
Masts Two
Bowsprit Standing
Stern. Square
Figure-head None
Rigged Schooner. Carvel built
Masters name John Hemp.

Subscribing owners:- Wm. McColough of Hamilton, owns all 64 shares, dated April 8, 1847, sold all 64 shares to M.W. Browne, of Hamilton dated July 5, 1851.
Registers remarks :- Lost.

      Port of Hamilton, Shipping Register, 1846 to 1874, Vol. 362
      National Archives, Canada Microfilm reel C-2465
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James Coleman (Schooner), 1 Mar 1846