The Rev. Captain Bundy will have a new gospel ship this season to take the place of the older and smaller craft. The name, GLAD TIDINGS, will be transferred to the new ship which is now under course of construction by james Butler at manitowoc. She is well along, and is expected to be completed by June 1, so that Captain Bundy can start out soon after that date on his season gospel work among the islands and in the out-of-the-way places along the lakes -- places where the gospel has hardly been known and where it has never been preached until Captain Bundy carried it there. The domensions of the new GLAD TIDINGS will be as follows:
Length over all, feet - - - - - - - - 65.
Length of keel, feet - - - - - - - - 60.
Breadth of beam, feet - - - - - - 20.
Depth of hold, feet - - - - - - - - 8.
Carpenter's measurement, tons- 60
She will be schooner rigged. There will be room aboard for seventy-five people, so that small meetings can even be held on board. Her cost complete will be in the neighborhood of $5,000.
The first GLAD TIDINGS used by Captain Bundy in his good work measured three tons, the second measured thirty-three tons, and the latest new craft, as stated, measures sixty tons. The captain offers these figures as some indication of the growth of Christianity among the islands of the lakes.
The 33 ton vessel is now offered for sale.
J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, March/April, 1883
Manitowoc, Wis., June 10. -- The gospel ship GLAD TIDINGS, built by james Butler, of this city, for Captain Bundy, was launched at the ship yards last night. The launch was not sltogether a success, as her bow slipped off into the mud, and it took some hours to release her. She is a beauty in every respect. Services were held aboard of her this afternoon.
J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, June 1883
The Sheboygan Times of Saturday says: "The schooner GLAD TIDINGS came in to port from Manitowoc. This is Capt. Bundy, the sailor preacher's new schooner, and the third and largest built for him within a few years. She is just from the hands of the carpenters in Manitowoc, and is getting her finishing touches with the paint brush here. Measurement 45 tons, and cost $4,700. Carries a crew of four men with captain and family. Is loaded now with any quantity of Bibles and other religious literature in four languages. Will sail for the east shore, and after a short cruise there, for Georgian Bay, where she will cruise for two months. She will then visit Detroit and Cleveland and lay up in Buffalo. The vessel is a beauty."
Detroit Post and Tribune
Thursday, July 19, 1883
Schooner GLAD TIDINGS. U. S. No. 85788. Of 46.78 tons gross; 44.45 tons net. Built Manitowoc, Wis., 1883. Home port, Chicago, Ill. 59.6 x 20.0 x 6.4.
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885