The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Watertown Daily Times (Watertown, NY), Tues., Oct. 12, 1875

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The Launch at Chaumont.

Editor Daily Times:

The new schooner was launched at this place on Saturday, the 9th, according to announcement, the day being one of the finest and everything connected with the vessel in perfect order. About 2 p.m. carriages and pedestrians were seen wending their way to the ground and the procession continued until up to the hour of the launch, when over 1,000 people were present.

At half-past one master-builder Reed ordered the workmen to begin "wedging up," and by 2:30 the wedges were all driven and everything was in readiness for the vessel's departure into her native element. At precisely 3 p.m. the order "Ready!" was given, when the lashings were cut, the flag run up to the fore top-mast head, and the name of "A.J. Dewey" floats gently to the breeze as she glides gracefully into the water amid the din of the people's cheering.

The dimensions of the vessel are as follows: 122 feet keel, 16 feet beam with 10 feet hold, and measures 130 feet over all. her tonnage is 237 45-100, and she will carry 15,500 bushels of grain through the Welland Canal.

Her owners are Copley, Enos, Dewey and Capt. Wm. Vincent, who will also be her master. She was built by Luther Reed of Henderson, and ironed by the celebrated vessel blacksmith, Albert Broker of Clayton. She is pronounced by the workmen to be the best vessel ever launched in this section, and the launch was voted by the crowed to be the finest of any.

The owners may well be proud of her, and especially Mr. Dewey for his privilege of naming so fine a vessel. By the way, I noted about every man, woman and child on the ground that lives in this section, with the exception of "the great American lime burner," who, I understand, was at home busily engaged in washing the dinner dishes, and missed all the fun. SKYLARK.

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Richard Palmer
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Watertown Daily Times (Watertown, NY), Tues., Oct. 12, 1875