The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Harvey Bissell (Bark), 15 May 1866

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NEW VESSEL. -- The large vessel building at this port, of which mention has previously been made, will, it is expected, be launched this afternoon. She is owned by Capt. Harvey Bissell, and Capt. Lyman Miner, and is of the following dimensions: Length 160, beam 31 1/2 feet, depth of hold 12 1/2 feet, and of about 600 tons burthen, old measurement. As shown by the figures, she is a large vessel; and, when completed, will be one of the staunchest on the Lakes. The vessel is intended for the timber trade between this port and Buffalo, and her owners understanding the character of vessels required to render so large an investment profitable, will make a better craft of her, for that business, than any now afloat. The best of timber has been put in the hull, with extra fastenings, and her appearance at present indicates great strength. We have not heard what name is to be given the vessel.
      Toledo Blade
      May 14, 1866
A MISFORTUNE. -- THE NEW BARK NOT LAUNCHED. -- Arrangements were made for launching the new bark of Capt. Bissell & Miner, yesterday afternoon, but the effort to get her into the watery element was not successful. By a mistake the hull was started before everything connected with the ways was prepared to receive so heavy a weight, and after sliding about her width one of the ways broke and let her sink into mud and water, about 3 feet deep. Several tugs then took hold of the hull and endeavored to pull it out of the disagreeable location, but were unsuccessful.
The vessel has received the name of one of her owners -- HARVEY BISSELL. Her dimensions were published yesterday.
Another accident occurred at the yard during the attempt to launch the vessel. While workmen were preparing for a movement of the vessel, a man climbed up the mizzen-mast to the crosstrees, and seated himself on the latter. Watching operations below, he neglected to keep firm hold of the spar, and when the vessel started the sudden lurch threw him overboard. As he fell his coat brushed against the rail, and he dropped into water about 2 feet deep. The crowd thought him severely injured, if not killed, and were surprised to see him scramble out of his watery and muddy position and wade ashore. The man received a slight cut in his face, and his nose was bruised, but his injuries were not of a serious nature. It is surprising that he was not killed.
      Toledo Blade
      May 15, 1866
      BARK HARVEY BISSELL. -- The wrecking steamer MAGNET was in the harbor yesterday, having been obtained to aid in getting the hull of the bark HARVEY BISSELL from its unpleasant situation at Bissel's yard. An effort was made to pull off the hull yesterday afternoon, but it was unsuccessful.
      Toledo Blade
      May 26, 1866
      AFLOAT. -- The hull of the bark HARVEY BISSELL was hauled out of its muddy berth late Saturday afternoon, by the wrecking steamer MAGNET and the tug ENSIGN.
      Toledo Blade
      May 28, 1866
      BARK HARVEY BISSELL. -- This new vessel is being hurried towards completion with all possible dispatch. We learn she was not injured at the time of the launch, and that when finished she will be one of the best vessels afloat on the Lakes. She will be ready for service in a few weeks.
      Toledo Blade
      June 9, 1866
LOADING. -- We learn that the new bark HARVEY BISSELL is completed, and that she is taking in a cargo of ship timber for Tonawanda.
      Toledo Blade
      June 20, 1866

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Harvey Bissell (Bark), 15 May 1866