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Gold Hunter (Schooner), 1 Jun 1859

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LOADING FOR EUROPE. -- The Detroit Free Press says: "The schooners R. H. HARMON and J. F. WARNER, and the brig J. G. DESHLER are now at the dock of the Milwaukee Railway, taking cargoes of staves for Europe. Orders have been received by Captain J. W. Hall, shipping master, to furnish crews for the schooners G. D. DOUSMAN, GOLD HUNTER and St. HELENS, to go to Liverpool. The two former are to take on their staves at Bear Creek, and the latter at Chatham, to which places they will proceed the first of the week.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      May 2, 1859

The Detroit Free Press of the 11th., saya that it was not definately determined to what European ports the G.D. DOUSMAN, the GOLD HUNTER, and the C.H. WALKER would go until they arrived at Quebec. It has now been decided, however. The former goes to London, the second to Cork, and the last to Liverpool. They all left Quebec on Tuesday last for their various destinations.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      June 13, 1859

The sailing of the BLACK HAWK, says the Detroit Advertiser, makes the fiftheenth clearance from this port for Eurioe, direct, this season. The following is the list with the names of the Masters, dates of sailing, and cargoes.
      Rig Vessel Master Date sailed Cargo
      Schooner J. F. WARNER Manning May 8 staves
      Schooner R. H. HARMON Burke May 8 staves
      Brig J. G. DESHLER Gale May 11 staves
      Schooner G. D. DOUSMAN Smith May 11 staves
      Brig CAROLINE Mallott May 15 staves & lumber
      Schooner GOLD HUNTER Pomeroy May 14 staves
      Schooner GRAND TURK Stakweather May 14 lumber
      Schooner C. H. WALKER Rummage May 16 lumber
      Barque VANGUARD Davis May 21 staves
      Schooner St. HELENA Hall May 23 staves
      Barque CHIEFTAIN Wolvin May 29 staves
      Barque D. C. PIERCE Pennington June 1 staves & lumber
      Schooner EVELINE BATES Peterson June 1 staves & lumber
      Schooner HUGH BARCLAY Chadwick June 16 staves
      Barque ALLIES Farewell June 18 staves & lumber
      Brig BLACK HAWK Alexander June 24 staves
      Besides these, the schooner REPUBLICAN, Captain Coville, left Milan June 1; Barque W. S. PIERSON, Captain Root, Black River June 9th; Barque MASSILION, Capt. Ranson, Cleveland June 10th; and Barque N. M. SCOTT, Capt. Thorsen, from Milwaukee, passed Detroit June 10th, all bound for Europe.
      The schooners INDUS and ADDA, and the Brig SULTAN, also have cleared from Lake Ports for American ports on the Atlantic coast with cargoes of lumber.
      Of the sixteen vessels sailing from Detroit, a majority are laden with staves, and all either with staves or lumber, or both.
      The BLACK HAWK is probably the last one to leave this season.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      June 27, 1859

      ARRIVAL OF THE SCHOONER GOLD HUNTER FROM SCOTLAND. - This A I vessel arrived at this port from Montreal on Saturday night, with partial load of salt, and is now completing her cargo with pig iron and will sail for Chicago.
The vessel sailed from Quebec for Cork June 9th, with a mixed cargo, and reached the latter place, discharged cargo, and sailed for Androsson, Scotland, where a cargo was taken in for Montreal. At 11 A.M. July 30th, she sailed from Androsson, under command of Capt. Henry Durand. He was navigator on the run from Quebec to Cork, and Captain and Navigator on the run back. On the 31st she made Ratchlin Light, with a heavy gale from W.S.W., bearing hard upon her, and was obliged to put back. On the following day she anchored in Bellport lock a very heavy gale blowing.
      The wind shifted and she was again under weigh. On Monday, August 29th, in lat. 49 40 and lon. 45 80, the first ice was seen, and from that time till in the Straits of Bellisle, large bergs were encountered. On the 3d of September Cape Ball was made;. run through the Straits Bellisle; a heavy gale blowing and heavy rain beating furiously. On the 10th a pilot was taken on board off Magedelin River . On the 18th off Island of Bic, 180 miles below Quebec, in company with schooner Valeria of Cleveland, the two vessels having sailed from Androsson at the same time. - Both vessels reached Quebec at 8 A.M. on the 16th, making the passage in 47 days.
The tonnage of the Gold Hunter is 336 tons American measurement, 274 English. Captain Durand reports her a most excellent ocean vessel, but thinks her spars rather heavy. He encoutered the most severe gale during the passage, and in fact saw very little clear weather. The vessel did not leak a bucket full, and behaved finely. In the foreign ports she was the occasion of much wonderment, and immediately upon her arrival in Cork hundreds flocked on the wharf to see a vessel with such spars as they never saw before, and greater was their surprise to see the centre board.
Newspapers gave long accounts of the arrival, and minute descriptions of the vessel and the passage.
Capt. Durand reports her as capable of outsailing any craft he fell in company with, and fully able to sustain all that ought to be required of any good and substantial vessel. The voyage has been a successful one, percuniarily and otherwise.
The vessel is owned in Cleveland, and was built for lake navigation, but Capt. Durand has demonstrated the fact that she need not be confined to any waters, being seaworthy wherever placed. This trip may be the means of opening a new business channel, and we yet have as intimate a business relation with foreign ports, as we now have with those on the Upper Lakes.
      Oswego Commercial Times
      October 10, 1859

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Gold Hunter (Schooner), 1 Jun 1859