The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Hamilton J. Mills (Barge), U42662, 26 Oct 1881

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Buffalo Courier. -- The schooner barge being built by R. Mills & Co, for R. Mills; Ham Mills, John Humble and Thomas Welsh, has just been sold to L. B. Fortier for $23,000, ready to fit out. This vessel has 160 feet keel; 32 feet beam and 12 feet hold. She will have a grain capacity for about 35,000 bushels, and will be launched in 10 or 12 days. She shows a fine model and will be very staunch. It is the opinion of vessel men that Mr. Fortier has made an excellent purchase. With outfit she will cost him about $25.000.
      Cleveland Herald
      Monday, October 10, 1881

Buffalo, Oct. 26. -- The schooner barge HAMILTON J. MILLS belonging to L. B. Fortier, was launched this morning from R. Mills & Co.'s yards. She has a lumber capacity of 700,000 feet, has three masts with wire rigging; is 160 feet long, 32 feet beam, 12 feet hold, and cost $25,000.
      Cleveland Herald
      Thursday, October 27, 1881

The new steambarge A.J. WRIGHT is in port, with the new barges H. MILLS and W.A. Sherman, all lumber loaded, from Alpena. The WRIGHT measures 258 tons, was built by Mills & Co., at Buffalo, is owned by L.B. Fortier, of Buffalo, is valued at $25,000, and rates A 1. Her machinery is all new. The MILLS measures 509 tons and, like the W.A. SHERMAN, is a good substantial craft. The whole tow belongs to Captain Fortier. Both the barges rate A 1.
      The J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, May/June, 1882
Barge HAMILTON J. MILLS. U. S. No. 42662. Of 508.88 tons gross; 483.44 tons net. Built Buffalo, N.Y., 1881. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y.
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1885 [unrigged vessels]

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Hamilton J. Mills (Barge), U42662, 26 Oct 1881