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Thermutis (Bark), 1 Mar 1864

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Quayle & Martin are building, and have nearly completed, two propellers one tug and one bark. The bark will be launched about the 1st. of April, and is for Cunningham & Shaw's Cleveland and Liverpool Line. Her dimensions are as follows, viz: 137 feet keel; 142 feet over all; 36 feet ? beam; 12-1/2 feet depth of hold and measures 420 tons. She is named the THERMUTIS.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      March 27, 1864

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      LIVERPOOL TRADE.-- The schooner HOWELL HOPPOCK, commanded by Capt. D. N. Tucker, sailed for Liverpool during the latter part of last season, vis the St. Lawrence, laden with a cargo of copper and stores. The HOPPOCK made the run from Quebec to Liverpool in 30 days, encountering on the passage severe gales, sweeping away her deck boards entirely and splitting a considerable portion of her canvas. She is now at Holly-Head loading for New York. Capt. Tucker has returned to take command of the THERMUTIS, a new bark that we noticed yesterday, that is being built at Cleveland.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      March 29, 1864

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Messrs. Cunningham and Shaw, of Liverpool, England, have now on the stocks at Cleveland, one new vessel, named the THERMUTIS, which with the RAVENNA and CRESSINGTON (formerly the J. G. DESHLER,) will form a portion of a line of vessels that will run between Cleveland and Detroit on Lake Erie and Liverpool, England, during the ensuing navigation navigation season. In 1862 the Norwegian schooner SKJOLDOMAN, which also took a return cargo from Chicago.
      The West and Northwest are determined, and justly too, to have cheaper routes of transit to the Ocean. If the Canadian Parliament shall, during its present session, determine upon enlarging the sixty-nine miles of canal, having only sixty-four locks, between Lake Erie and the Ocean, making the capacity sufficient to pass vessels of 1,000 tons burthen, there will bo onits completion hundreds of vessels annually passing from the lakes to the Ocean, of which the above list is the forerunner of what is to follow. If the City and State of New York would retain the trade of the West it has so long and profitably enjoyed, immediate measures should be inaugurated by the State Legislature for enlarging the Erie Canal from Buffalo to Albany, to a capacity sufficient to pass boats of 600 tons burthen. The twenty-seven locks on the St. Lawrence Canals are 200 feet long by 42 feet wide, with ten feet water. The Welland Canal is 25 miles long, has 24 locks 150 feet long by 26-1/2 feet wide, with ten feet water, and 3 locks of the same size as the St. Lawrence Canals.
      The enlargement of the locks on the Welland Canal to a size corresponding with those of the St. Lawrence Canals, would permit the passage from the Lakes to the Ocean of nearly all the vessels navigating the Lakes. Of what avail would out two hundred ton canal boats be in competing for the trade of the West as against 500 to 1,000 ton vessels having only 69 miles of canal ? The people of this State cannot move too early in inaugurating measures for the immediate enlargement of the Erie Canal.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      April 6, 1864

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LAUNCH OF THE BARK THERMUTIS AT CLEVELAND. -- The THERMUTIS was built during the past winter by Quayle & Martin, for Cunningham & Shaw's Lake & Liverpool Line. Her dimensions are as follows: - Keel 137 feet; over all 142 feet; beam 26 feet; hold 12-1/2 feet; burthen 420 tons. She is to be wire rigged. This is the first vessel built on the lakes on foreign account. She goes to Windsor for her masts, &c., and when completed, will sail immediately for Liverpool, Eng., where she will receive her register.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      April 9, 1864

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Thermutis (Bark), 1 Mar 1864