The LEWIS DAY, a fine new bark of five hundred tons burthen, was launched by her builder and owner, David Clow, at Chambers Island, on the 20th ult. She is 155 feet long, 31 feet wide, and 11 feet deep. Her port of hail will be Green Bay. In alluding to the launch, the Green Bay Advocate says:
"The mere launching of a vessel, in this country, where launches are so common, is usually a subject of but a passing brief paragraph. But here is one which demands something more. And here let us go back a few years and look at the history of this David Clow, for we are proud to point him out to be a Wisconsin man, and the very embodiment of Western enterprise. He is an old resident of Chambers Island, and with his wife, who is in reality a "help-meet" as well as a help mate, years ago conceived the idea of building a vessel. To the undertaking they both bent their entire energies, husband and wife together actually cut her planking by hand with a whip saw. The two built her entire from stem to stern and from keel to truck - built her entirely without iron, pinning her together with wooden trunnels and the proud result, after seven years of toil, was the schooner SARAH CLOW. She proved a strong, sea-worthy vessel, and during the six or eight years she has been in service, has yielded a rich reward for her energetic builders and owners. Once, indeed, she was supposed to be lost, and Capt. Clow's energy was brought into service. In a storm she was driven ashore, crossing a tongue of land and into a sort of island . . . some 61 yards from the lake, where there was not sufficient water to float her. The insurance company gave her up, but Clow did not. He actually cut a channel for her, and worked her out the lake with a . . . her safety. And now his second vessel, named the Lewis Day, in honor of our townsman, floats upon the bay. May she be as fortunate as the Capt., and may he and his wife long live to enjoy the benefits which they have so nobly won."
Detroit Free Press
August 11, 1868
NOTE: Launched in 1862, the scow-schooner SARAH CLOW was no backyard sailboat - she was a significant vessel of 192 tons. The SARAH CLOW was driven ashore and destroyed by a storm in the fall of 1869. Thanks to Brendon Baillod for providing some of the information used in these notes.