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Union (Schooner), 19 May 1857

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A new vessel is being built at Hamilton, which will be ready to launch about the latter part of next month. She will measure about 400 tons.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      April 23, 1857

      NEW VESSEL. --A new clipper built fore-and-aft schooner, called the UNION, built by Messrs. White & Co., Hamilton, was to be launched yesterday. She will carry about 450 tons. The Spectator says she is built of oak, grown in the immediate neighborhood, and her spars came from the west, from a distance of some dozen miles only. An offer was made to buy the vessel from her owners for 4,250 Pounds, which not being considered sufficient was refused. An offer was made to charter her for a trip to London, England, to take a load of black walnut. Only 1,300 Pounds was offered for the trip. An attempt to secure a return freight from our city merchants having failed, the offer was refused. We cannot but regret this, as the trip would have been worth to out city much more than the 300 Pounds extra which was asked, by way of an advertisement. -- Detroit Advertiser.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Tuesday, May 19, 1857

The schooner UNION was successfully launched at Hamilton on Thursday May 14tn.
      Toronto Globe
      May 20, 1857
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      AFLOAT. -- Messrs. White & Co.'s new schooner UNION, whose launch was attempted on Thursday last, was finally removed from her sticking place on the "way's" yesterday, by the steamer CHAMPION pulling her off. Although taking to the water with a great deal of reluctance, she sits on the bottom of her native element, with much grace and elegance, giving gratifying evidence of the taste and ability of our Hamilton ship builder's to carry on a branch of trade so essential to the welfare and prosperity of our city's commerce. -- Hamilton Banner, May 19.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Tuesday, May 26, 1857

The steamer [sic] UNION, a vessel of 241 tons, Capt. Wm. Zealand. will sail from Hamilton, C.W., for Liverpool the last of this week with a cargo of W. I. staves.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      July 23, 1859

      . . . . .
      Port of Hamilton Shipping Register
      Port No. 35
      Name UNION
      Type Brigantine Schooner * [deleted]
      Port Hamilton
      Tons 241
      When built 1857
      Where built Hamilton
      Builders name & date of Certificate. James Whyte, June 25, 1857
      Description of vessel: - Surveyor, W. Pring
      Length 129 feet & 4 tenths
      Breadth 23 feet & 5 tenths
      Depth of hold 10 feet & 7 tenths
Decks One
Masts Two
Bowsprit Standing
Stern Square
Figure-head Without
How rigged Schooner. Carvel built
Masters name W. Zealand

Subscribing owners:-- W.W. Grant, sail maker of Hamilton, 16 shares
      J. White, shipbuilder of Hamilton, 16 shares
      E. Zealand, Jr. Mariner of Hamilton, 16 shares
      W. Zealand, mariner of Hamilton, 16 shares.
      Sold to Bright Bros., of Melborne, Australia, dated Nov. 4, 1862.
* REGISTERS NOTES. Altered your schooner to a brigantine, Aug. 15, 1859, Port of Liverpool
      REGISTERS NOTES. This Registry cancelled by registry at the Port of Quebec under the Merchant Shipping Act. #76 on the 14th, Nov. 1862
      Port of Hamilton Shipping Register, 1846 - 1874
      Vol. 362. Microfilm Reel C-2465,
      National Archives, Canada
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Union (Schooner), 19 May 1857