The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Advertiser & Times (Oswego, NY), Aug. 14, 1868

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Shipbuilding Extraordinary. - A fine new bark of 500 tons burthen was launched at Chamber's Island, on the 30th ult. She was built by the owner, David Clow. She is 155 feet long, 31 feet wide, and 11 feet hold. In alluding to this launch, it may be proper to mention the energy and perseverance displayed by Mr. Clow and his better half in their experience of ship-building, and the following narrative from the Green Bay Advocate will be found interesting:

The mere launching of a vessel, in this country, where launches are so common, is usually a subject of but a passing brief paragraph. But here is one which demands something more. And here let us go back a few years, and look at the history of this David Clow, for we are proud to point him out as a Wisconsin man, and the very embodiment of the spirit of western enterprise, and with his wife, who is in reality a "help-meet" as well as a help eat, years ago conceived the idea of building a vessel.

To this undertaking they both bent their entire energies, husband and wife together actually sawing out the planking by hand with a whip-saw. The two built her entirely, from stem to stern and from keel to truck - built her almost entirely without iron, pinning her together with wooden trunnels - and the proud result, - after seven years of toil, the schooner Sarah Clow. She proved to be a strong, seaworthy vessel, and during the six or eight years she has been in service, has realized a rich reward to for her energetic builders and owners.

Once indeed, she was supposed to be lost, and here again Cat. Clow's energy was brought into notice. In a storm she was driven ashore, across a tongue of land and into a sort of inland pond some distance from the lake, where there was no water sufficient to float her. The insurance company gave her up, but Clow did not. he actually cut a channel for her, and worked her out to the lake with a windlass in safety. And now his second vessel the Lewis Day, named in honor of our townsman, floats upon the bay. May she be as fortunate as the first, and may he and his wife long live to enjoy the prosperity they have so nobly won.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Advertiser & Times (Oswego, NY), Aug. 14, 1868