The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Florida (Schooner), 1 Sep 1868

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THE NEW VESSEL. -- The new schooner FLORIDA launched from Goble and Macfarlane's shipyard a few days ago, is now completely rigged and ready to start out her life as a 'Voyaguer' Her dimensions are 142 feet overall, 26 foot beam, carrying capacity, 18,500 bushels through the canal. No vessel ever sailed from this port with better timber in her, than the FLORIDA, and unless accident should befall her, she will ride the waves proudly for many years. She is commanded by Capt. Munson, an experienced navigator, and now lies at the salt dock, loading for the up trip, preparatory to going into the fall grain trade. The
FLORIDA was built for Thomas S. Mott, Esq., who has done so much for the few years past to increase the Oswego fleet on the lake and build up the vessel interest of the city. She is a credit to her builders and owners, and we wish her a thousand prosperous voyages -- Oswego Times
      Chicago Tribune
      Monday, September 7, 1868

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William R. McNeil
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Florida (Schooner), 1 Sep 1868