The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Advertiser & Times (Oswego, NY), Nov. 21, 1866

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A New Vessel. - The "Grace Whitney" is the name of a new schooner now lying at the Detroit & Milwaukee dock, which has just been towed up from Gibraltar, and is being rigged preparatory to commencing her career upon the lakes. She is owned by D. Whitney Jr.. of this city, and will ply between Chicago and Ogdenburgh.

The vessel was built at Gibraltar, by R. Calkins, and under the immediate supervision of Capt. E.W. Cross, of Oswego, N.Y. The latter came on from the East for the purpose of constructing a boat that would rank well among the crafts of the lakes. He has been eminently successful in his endeavors, as a schooner more perfect in model and apparently possessing more desirable sailing qualities has seldom, if ever, been seen.

The schooner is of 380 tons burden, 133 feet keel, 26 feet two inches bean, 11 1/2 feet depth of hold and 142 feet, in length overall. She cost $30,000, her material being the best if Michigan oak, ( and all know there is no better) and she is now being rigged by Hoffmer & Mayes, of this city. There can be no question about her strength and durability and it is confidently believed by her builder that she will prove a very fleet vessel.

Her capacity is 20,000 bushels of wheat, and she will be used for transporting grain exclusively. The owner claims her to be as fine a schooner as sails on the lakes, and there are many new improvements in her construction, She has a crew of ten men, commanded by Capt. Geo. Atkinson, late of Oswego. - Detroit Post

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Advertiser & Times (Oswego, NY), Nov. 21, 1866