The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Monday, Aug. 21, 1871

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Launch of the "Madeira." - On Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock the new and staunch A 1 schooner Madeira was launched from the yard of Goble McFarlane at the foot of West First street. There was a large gathering of people to witness the proceeding. They commenced to gather about 3 o'clock. To all questions as to the time when the "good ship" would go, Ald. Goble made answer, "at the advertised time, 4 o'clock to the minute."

Our reporter arrived at the scene at 3:45 and spent the remaining "quarter" in looking over the Madeira, under escort of Ald. Wheeler, and Capt. Wm. Mack, the former owner of the ship and the latter her commander. She is staunch built and elegantly finished, in the latter particular exceeding anything of the kind ever done in Oswego. Her cabin is large and airy, and fitted with all the modern inventions for comfort and convenience. On her stern is a beautifully painted landscape scene representing one of the Madeira Islands. Her spars are not yet in her but will be put in immediately. her dimensions are as follows: 143 feet keel, full canal length, 26 feet six inches beam, and 11 feet hold. Her carrying capacity is 24,000 bushels, and 18,000 to 19,000 through the canal. She will be wire rigged and of the most improved and modern style.

Capt. J.M. Brown, Capt. Richardson, Messrs. Charles Smythe and Bart Lynch, Ald. Wheeler, Mr. John G. Parkhurst, the reporter of the Palladium, and a few others beside Capt. Mack and the mechanics and crew were on the deck of the Madeira, when Ald. Goble gave the word to get ready. As the hour of 4 o'clock was struck, Ald. Goble said, "one, two, three," and as the last syllable escaped his lips, there was a creak, and the noble vessel slid sideways and with a tremendous lurch of the ways and down into the water. There was a loud cheer, a fearful dashing of water, an instant of lively shaking up of those on the vessel, and the Madeira rode her native element like a swan.

After this, the friends of Ald. Wheeler, and of Messrs. Goble Macfarlane were invited into the "office" where a bountiful spread of good things awaited them. There were many congratulations, and hearty wishes for the success of the Madeira, her owners, her builder, her captain, and crew.

Oswego may well be proud of this noble vessel, which is one of the finest that will sail the lakes. She will cost about $24,000, and will, in about two weeks from this time sail for Chicago for a cargo of grain. May the success which has attended her building and launching follow her through her career. She is commanded by as able a seaman as sails the lakes, and her owner is one of our most enterprising and worthy citizens.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Monday, Aug. 21, 1871