The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily Palladium (Oswego, NY), Monday, Aug. 17, 1873

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Sam. Cook
Another Vessel Launched from Goble & Macfarlane's Yard --- Building Vessels in Sixty Days.

Last Saturday afternoon at four o'clock precisely, another staunch vessel, for which Oswego is become famous, bade adieu to the place of her birth, an with graceful sweep and coquettish flirting, settled down on the bosom of her supporter. The attendance was large considering there was a doubt as to whether the vessel would be launched or not, an attendance that was motley, taking in as it did all colors and representatives from all civilized nations, and a large sprinkling of Arabs that can scarcely be classed among even the semi-civilized.

There was considerable curiosity to see the burgee, as the name of the new craft was guessed at by nearly all present, and no two outside of those in the secret agreed. Some thought the vessel would be named Sam. Sloan, other Scranton, and still others that had caught a glimpse of the initial letters "S.C.," put it down for a fixed fact as "Stove Coal." The latter, cunning chaps, when the flag was unfurled, saw their mistake as readily as does a fellow that has seen the queen marked in a three card monte game, and after losing goes off in doubt as to whether it is the right thing to guess after all.

The launch was a good one, eliciting the cheers of the crowd and wetting a goodly number of venturesome boys, who, although nearly always on the water, have no special fancy for it as a cleanser.

The Sam. Cook, named for the owner's son, was just sixty days in being constructed, and to say that she is a model of strength and beauty would be but to say what all have said that have seen her. She is of the best oak, securely fastened, and, although of the largest canal size, is symmetrical and comely. The dimensions of the new schooner are: Length 143 feet 6 inches, beam, 26 feet 2 inches, depth of hold 11 feet. She has not been measured by the Custom House officials (Billy Stark is in doubt whether she could carry the aspirants for County Clerk or not unless the cabin is put on deck), but it is thought she will measure about the same tonnage as the Atlanta, 318 17-100 tons, with a carrying capacity of 22,500 bushels of wheat to Buffalo or 20,500 bushels to Oswego. She is to be a three master, fitted and furnished with all of the modern improvements, and will have a cabin, upon which Archie Preston is doing his level best, superior to any vessel hailing from this port. She will be ready for sea in about ten days, and will be commanded by the veteran Captain James Scott, an able and experienced seaman. When she sails may she have

A wet sheet and a flowing sea,
A wind that follows fast,
And fills the white and rusting sail,
And bends the gallant mast.

Building a large, first class vessel in sixty days is a feat not often accomplished, and it reflects credit upon Messrs. Goble & Macfarlane and the lively mechanics in their employ and that they have turned out in such short time a vessel like the Sam Cook.

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Richard Palmer
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Daily Palladium (Oswego, NY), Monday, Aug. 17, 1873