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Oswego Commercial Advertiser & Times (Oswego, NY), Thurs., April 19, 1866

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New Schooner - We had the pleasure this morning, of looking through the beautiful schooner "Olive Branch," which Messrs. Goble & Macfarlane have been constructing for O.M. Bond and other parties. Her dimensions are 110 feet keel, 25 feet beam, and eight feet hold, and she is built of the very best material throughout, and will be launched from Goble's ship-yard Saturday afternoon, if the weather is favorable.

There are some improvements in the construction of this vessel, worthy of notice. She is the first vessel ever fitted out in Oswego with wire rigging, which combines the advantages of lightness, strength and durability. It is manufactured in England, and Mr. Bond procured it in Kingston, where an agency for its sale has been established. It is twisted in the form of rope, and is galvanized to prevent rusting. The steering apparatus, which was manufactured by King & Radcliff, of this city, works on a different principle than in common use, and is considered a superior invention by all who have tried it.

The vessel is also furnished with a raised deck from the forward part of the cabin aft, which gives greater depth to the hold, thus adding to the carrying capacity under deck. This is a peculiarity introduced by Mr. Goble in the construction of vessels, and is a great improvement. There are five state rooms, all of which are beautifully finished and furnished, the woodwork being grained in the finest style. Adjoining the state rooms is the galley which has all the conveniences that can be provided for such a room. The deck frame is very heavy, strong and substantial, and while put together so as to leave the hold clean, and clear of obstruction, it looks as if the highest fury of the waves and winds could never strain it.

The "Olive Branch" is designed especially for the lumber trade between this port and Saginaw, but she is in all respects, fit for the transportation of grain. Her commander will be Capt. Stephen LaFaiver, a young man who is acknowledged to be an able and efficient officer. We must not omit to mention the design which is painted above the name, on the stern. It is a dove descending from the clouds, bearing the branch of olive

that heralds the cessation of storms and the return of peace. In beauty of conception and excellence of execution this design could not be easily surpassed. It is the work of Mr. W.H. Wentworth, Portrait and Sign Painter.

In general appearance this schooner is acknowledged by every one who has inspected her, to be one of the most beautiful and perfect vessels ever built in Oswego. There is a symmetry of proportions throughout which is remarkably pleasing to the eye, and at the same time she has a durable, sea-worthy look, which gives promise of many successful voyages.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Commercial Advertiser & Times (Oswego, NY), Thurs., April 19, 1866