Another New Vessel
The Launch at Goble & Macfarlane's Yard.
The largest crowd we have seen in many years at a launch, gathered at Goble and Macfarlane's ship yard Saturday, attracted thither to witness the launch of the new schooner which they have been building since February 1st. The launch of Ald. Wheeler's new schooner, which was to have taken place at 2 o'clock and which had to be postponed on account of the "swell condition" of Lake Ontario, doubtless was the main attraction, for many years have passed since a vessel was launched into the lake.
Goble & Macfarlane always launch on time, and although the schooner could have been sent off at 2 o'clock she was held in hand until the time given by the papers, 3 o'clock, had rolled around when the ropes were cut at the handsome new vessel, the J. Maria Scott, glided gracefully and without anything to mar the enjoyment of the crowed into the water.
The cheers of the crowd mingled with the sound of the splashing disturbed waters, and as both died away, the new schooner settled down on the fluid with which she is to hereafter wrestle, lightly as though she scored to displace too much of it. Although the J. Maria Scott is a substantially built and of greater carrying capacity than any vessel yet launched at this port, she draws, owing to her peculiar construction, less water by several inches. She was modeled and her building superintended by N.C. Goble, son of one of the proprietors, and a young man of much promise in his profession. This, his first vessel, attests that the art of ship building has taken captive one who will reflect honor upon his calling on constructing vessels not after the plans of the middle ages, but after plans of his own, adapted to the age in which we live. The new vessel is not as bluff forward nor as full aft as the majority of our canal vessels. She has easy runs, a high transom, and a sheer graceful and as true as true can be. Her dimensions are: Length 142 feet, beam, 26 feet, 3 inches, depth of hold 12 feet, will measure about 348 tons, and will carry 19,000 bushels of wheat through the Welland canal, or 24,000 to Buffalo.
She will be of the three and aft rig, and will be furnished with everything requited by a first class vessel. The rigging is furnished by Daniel Lyons, the sails by the veteran sail maker Robert Green, while the painting is in good taste, by William Proud & Co. It is hardly necessary to speak of the cabin other than to say that Archie Preston built it in his usual tasty manner, and that it is large, well finished and furnished.
The owners of the J. Maria Scott, Dr. R. Scott, Capt. R. Richardson and J.& N. Beattie - as well as the builders, have reason to be proud of her. Capt. R. Richardson, an experienced seaman, will command the new schooner and see that propeller time is made. With the many friends of the owners and builders we unite in wishing her prosperous gales.