The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
David Ferguson (Brig), U6098, 22 Apr 1854

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The schooner ARCTURUS, Capt. J. Barnes, was ready for sea last night, bound for Buffalo. Her cargo is 6,000 bu barley from Chicago -- 11,000 do from Higby's warehouse. The ARCTURUS is, we believe, the largest fore and aft schooner but one, on the lakes, the WILLIAMS. She has one of the patent steerers, a sort of cast iron cap which fits on the rudder head; the wheel is cast iron on a steel barrel, with semi-diamond screws, made by Sylvender Cram, Harvard Place, Boston, and is an exceedingly ingenious contrivance for steering, avoiding the necessity of tightening tiller ropes, &c, in port. The captain of the FERGUSON is having one put into his vessel. They cost $150 each, and we believe the FERGUSON will make the fourth on the lakes. -- Milwaukee Sentinel
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Saturday, April 22, 1854

Schooner DAVID FERGUSON. U. S. No. 6098. oF 223.47 tons gross. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1871

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David Ferguson (Brig), U6098, 22 Apr 1854