The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Nemesis (Schooner), 20 Mar 1868

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On Friday last the new schooner built for Messrs. Waddel and Leonard was launched. A large number of people assembled to witness the affair, but it came off a few minutes ahead of time, thus disappointing some. The British and American flags were hoisted, and a number of sailors having got aboard, the word was given, when at the first blow of the sledge almost, she glided sidewise into her future element with a splash which was far from being pleasant to the passengers. The flag at "the top" being unfurled revealed the rather starting name of "Nemesis." She is a staunch, powerful-looking little "peeler," 70 feet keel, 20 feet beam, 79 feet over all, and 7 feet in the hold is built of oak above water, and of rock elm below, and is what is called butt-bolted, bilgebolted and edge-bolted, 1 ton of spikes and 3 tons of bolts being used altogether. The rigging is wire and her canvas of cotton, Pot wheel, Pot windlass, Pot iron strapped blocks, a Pot spirit compass which cost $50.00. "The main feature of this compass is , " Mr.Leonard says, "that if the vessel should roll over two or three times, it will still point North whereas a common one goes round
like a flea in a sandbox !" The keel was laid on 20th Oct. last, and Mr. Leonard declared he would launch her on the 20th of March, which he accomplished to the letter, thus performing an unprecedented feat in Goderich shipbuilding. The 'Nemesis' will carry 5,000 bushels of wheat when finished. Mr. H. Marlton, the builder, is admitted to be one of the best and most reliable workmen in Ontario, and in this case, as heretofore, he has proved that nowhere on the
Northern Lakes can a first-class vessel be built cheaper or better than at Goderich. The word NENESIS, "Means a great many different things," mentioned in the "Heathen Mythology," one of which is, Daughter of Night and a Vengence on all Evil Doers !" Long may she discharge her duties, in this respect.
      Goderich Signal, Semi-Weekly
      Thursday, March 26, 1868
      Schooner NEMESIS. [no number] Of 82 tons Register. Built at Goderich, Ont. in 1868. Home port, Goderich, Ont. 73.7 x 19.6 x 7.0. Owned by J.H. Spence of Southampton, Ont.
      List of Vessels on the Registry Books of the
      Dominion of Canada, on December 31, 1886

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Nemesis (Schooner), 20 Mar 1868