The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), May 7, 1856

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Three Launches. - A brilliant spectacle was presented on the Lake Shore at the ship yards of Ald. Rogers, and of Goble Crockett, yesterday. Three staunch, noble, vessels were there upon the ways with their colors and signals spread to the breeze, and their sails furled waiting to glide into the limpid waters of Ontario. To use the words of the poet, - one could but exclaim -

There they stand

With their feet upon the sand,

Waiting to be

The brides of the gray old sea.

Thousands of ladies and gentlemen were present to view the scene, and the steamer Ontario was coming into the harbor just in time to afford her crowd of passengers an opportunity to witness the scene.

The first vessel launched was the Titan, a fore-and-after, built by Messrs. Goble Crockett, and owned by Messrs. Doolittle, Irwin Wright. She is of the largest class of vessels that can pass the Welland Canal, very staunchly built, and will carry probably 17,000 bushels of wheat through the Canal. She is a beautiful model, and does credit to her builders and enterprising owners. She is truly a noble vessel in every respect.

The second vessel was the Brig E.W. Cross, built by Ald. Geo. R. Rogers, and owned by Ald. H. Colborne. She is of the largest class of vessels, splendid model and staunch built. She measures 434 tonnage. carrying 18,000 bushels of wheat through the Canal, and is fitted up in a very handsome style, being furnished in a manner similar to the first class steamers, with six luxurious berths. She is to be commanded by Capt. Laughlin Moore, an old and experienced commander.

The third and last vessel was the Dreadnaught, a fore-and-after, also built by Ald. Rogers, and owned by the enterprising Canadian house of Clemow Bloore, proprietors of the Game Cock Line. She is of the same dimensions of the previous vessel - 132 ft. keel, 26 ft. 3 inches beam, and 12 ft. depth of hold - with 434 tonnage, carrying 18,000 bushels of wheat through the canal. She is staunch built, heavily arched, strongly fastened. She is fitted up in a perfect and even luxurious manner. Her cabin is a model in neatness and comfort, bearing six fine berths with tapestry hangings, rich carpetings and oil cloths, and cushions. She is to be commanded by Capt. Kimball, a name long and favorably known on the Lakes.

A pleasant feature in regard to the Dreadnaught, was a beautiful present for the vessel, in the shape of the British Union Jack, made by several Ladies of this city. It is of silk, and elaborately and magnificently wrought, and floated in the breeze from the tip of the bowsprit. A number of Lakes and Gentlemen were on board at the launch, and as the vessel glided into the water, the steam tug took her in tow, and she made a short excursion on the Lake before coming in the harbor. The owners had made ample arrangements and a very fine repast was spread, which was enjoyed highly by the whole party, and was interloaded with spirited sentiment.

It is a rare occurrence to see three vessels launched thus in rapid succession, in close proximity, and especially of such magnificent proportions and perfection, and it will be a marked event in the program of shipbuilding in Oswego. There is still the fine steam tug of Ald. Dobbie, on the stocks, in Ald. Rogers' yard, which will be launched in a few days - probably this week.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), May 7, 1856