The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily Palladium (Oswego, NY), Sat., Sept. 13, 1873

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The Mystic Star
A Handsome Schooner and a Good One.

The new schooner Mystic Star, built at Manitowac by James Butler for Mr. Michael J. Cummings, of this city, arrived in port last night, grain laden, from Milwaukee on her maiden trip, having made the passage down in the quick time of ten days. The new schooner has been visited today by a number of gentlemen interested in marine matters and naval architecture who have admired her many fine points, her symmetry and finish and the really model cabin.

The building of the Mystic Star was commenced May 1st, the contractor agreeing to have her ready by the first of September. She was launched on August 25th and sailed from Manitowoc for Milwaukee Saturday, the 30th, where she loaded the following Tuesday with 22,500 bushels of wheat for this port.

The new schooner is one of the strongest ever built on the lakes, the best oak being used, and is thoroughly ironed. - She is of handsome model, with a graceful sheer, and when loaded to eleven feet, has a good side out of water. She has what is called the elliptic stern, becoming so popular in the West, with the run extending nearly to the main mast. She is a three and after, well sparred and carries a great spread of canvas. The cabin of the new schooner is a model of convenience and finish, is roomy and furnished elegantly. The rooms for the mates and steward are larger than any we have seen, while the dining room is large and well lighted and ventilated. The captain's rooms, parlor with bedroom off, are without but the handsomest and best arranged of any vessel on the lakes, and reflect credit upon the good taste and judgment of Captain John Griffin, who has superintended the e building of the vessel. In the closet, through which the mizzen mast passes, are the toilet utensils for the captain, with the wash bowl in a receiver attached to the door.

On the opposite side, in the kitchen, is a door opening in the same closet, thus allowing the cook to attend to it without entering the parlor. Instead of cumbering the room with a bureau the drawers are set in the side of the room with lockers off thus utilizing the space. The drawers and sliding desk are finished off with black walnut, adding to the beauty of the room.

The bedroom of the captain is aft of the parlor, and or instead being a small, cramped affair with a bunk or trundle bed, it is large and commodious, with a parlor bedstead. The floor is carpeted with Brussels, while the curtains are heavy "reps." The dining room has a large table of a new pattern, which folds up, and is superior to the old fashioned extension tables.

The following are the definitions of the schooner: Length over a all, 143 feet, 4 inches; depth of hold, 11 feet 6 inches; width 26 feet 2 inches.

The Mystic Star is commanded by Captain John Griffin, the commodore of the Star fleet, an experienced seaman, who will keep her bottom free from sea weed and barnacles. We wish her a continuance of quick passages and high freights and hope that good luck may attend her to a green age.

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Richard Palmer
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Daily Palladium (Oswego, NY), Sat., Sept. 13, 1873