The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Ada Medora (Schooner), U403, 28 Jun 1867

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A NEW VESSEL. -- The schooner ADA MEDORA, a new vessel built at Gibralter for Messrs. C. & D. Whitney, lumber merchants - represented in this city by Geo. D. Emory - arrived at this port yesterday. The vessel is 144 feet in length, 26 feet 3 inches beam, 12 feet depth of hold, and is of 301 tons new, or 412 tons old measurement. She is one of the best built vessels that it has been our privilege to inspect; the hull was constructed of assorted timber, bolted entirely through the outside plank and ceiling, and the edge-bolted from keelson to rail; the deck beams are "kneed" with braces between the beams, and these are bolted in the strongest manner; the stanchions supporting the deck beams in the centre are also double braced and bolted through beam and deck, and in every particular the hull is a model for strength. A remarkable feature of the hold of the vessel was the use of varnish on the braces, beams and ceiling, for the purpose of preventing the accumulation of dust, and the sticking of grain to the timbers; the deck boards will also be varnished on the under side.
      The cabin of the MEDORA is 24 by 24 feet, divided into a saloon, Captain's room, three state rooms, a kitchen and pantry; the saloon is 12 by 12, nicely finished, the floor being inlaid with black walnut and white ash, and in the center of the floor is a large star, probably five feet in diameter, made of the combination of walnut and ash. The floor is, without exception, the finest piece of workmanship of the kind we have ever seen. The Captain's quarters are 8 by 8 feet, light, and well ventilated, as are also the state rooms. In all her appointments the ADA MEDORA will compare favorably with any schooner on the lakes. She is not, in some slight particulars, so much fancy finish as her consort, the GRACE WHITNEY, but we believe will prove a more serviceable vessel. She is another beautiful example of the skill of western ship builders. She cost about $30,000. The MEDORA is commanded by John McIntyre, a lake navigator 20 years, who regards her as the best vessel he ever sailed in.
      The vessel is loading with black walnut lumber for Ogdensburg, and will carry 285,000 feet, drawing ten feet of water.
      Toledo Blade
      June 28, 1867

Schooner ADA MEDORA. U. S. No. 403. Of 301.77 tons gross;286.69 tons net, Built Gibralter, Mich., 1867. Home port, Kenosha, Wis. 138.0 x 26.0 x 11.0.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885
NAME: ADA MADORA (Pre-list; 1869); ADA MEDORA (1870; 1871; 1872; 1873; 1875; 1876; 1877; 1878;
1879; 1880; 1880-81; 1882; 1883; 1884; 1885 )
RIG: Schooner
LOA: 138.0
BEAM: 26.0
DEPTH: 11.0
GROSS: 301.77 (Pre-list; 1869; 1870; 1871; 1872; 1873; 1875; 1876; 1877; 1878; 1879; 1880; 1880- 81;
1882; 1883; 1884; 1885
NET: 286.30 (1884); 286.69 (1885
CITY: Gibraltar
HOME PORT: Detroit, MI (Pre-iist 1869; 1870; 1871; 1872; 1873; 1875); Kenosha, W1 (1876; 1877; 1878; 1879;
1880; 1880-81; 1882; 1883; 1884; 1885
YEARS LISTED: Pre-list; 1869; 1870; 1871; 1872; 1873; 1875; 1876; 1877; 1878; 1879; 1880; 1880-81; 1882;
1883; 1884; 1885

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Ada Medora (Schooner), U403, 28 Jun 1867