The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Clara Bell (Schooner), 23 Jul 1861

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The new schooner being built at Ira Laffrinier's yard, for some parties in Boston, has been named CLARA BELL. She will probably be launched tomorrow or Monday.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Monday, July 22, 1861

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The schooner CLARA BELL was safely launched at Laffrinier's ship yard yesterday afternoon, in the presence of a number of spectators. She is a splendid schooner, and will reflect credit upon the builder. She will sail for Boston, where she is owned, as soon as she is rigged. -- Cleveland Plaindealer.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Monday, July 29, 1861

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A NEW VESSEL. -- A splendid new fore and aft vessel arrived up at this port from Cleveland, en route for Chicago, this afternoon. She is called the CLARA BELL, built by Laffrinier, at Cleveland, for a Boston Company, and is commanded by Capt. G. W. Barst, who is also a Boston man. She is about 106 feet long, 26 feet beam, 8 feet 8 inches depth of hold, and measures 219 tons, and copper fastened throughout. She draws 9 feet of water when loaded. She is intended as a coaster out of Boston, but for the present will be engaged in the Buffalo and Chicago trade, and until matters in the direction of the South assume a more favorable turn. --- Detroit Free Press.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Monday, August 5, 1861

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Clara Bell (Schooner), 23 Jul 1861