A Large Crowd a Pleasant Day and a Graceful Glide
A launch at Miller¹s yard always did, and always will attract an immense throng, for there the good old fashion way of launching stern first is adhered to, and nothing draws a crowd like the introduction of a handsome vessel to the element with which it is to contend either for profit or loss, where the sweep is long, the ways of sufficient descent and a graceful glide is insured.
The crowd was made up as all crowds are at similar places; the high, the low, the rich, the poor, the handsome maiden and wild Arabs of the street. All available space is, taken possession of no matter if a spice of danger is attached, and the crowd await anxiously for the removal of the blocks and the start of the vessel. False alarms are frequent at all launches raised by the wild gamin who shout every few minutes "there she goes! there she goes!" and the people strain their eyes and necks for a moment and then relapse, not again to be fooled; but in a moment the same cry is repeated and all necks become ostrich like.
At four o'clock the hour named for the launch, the sharp ringing blows of malls where heard knocking out from under the vessel the blocks upon which she had been reared and in a few minutes after the vessel settled down upon the greased ways.
All being in readiness, the rope which held the vessel to the way was cut, and with steady graceful, but rapidly increasing velocity, the schooner glided to the water and far out into the slip without mishap. When the vessel started from the ways, all eye were directed to the foe truck, where the burgee was hoisted in a ball concealing the name of the new craft, and at the moment she touched the water the signal halyards were pulled and the bunting was given to the breeze, revealing the name of the vessel - O.M. BOND.
The people cheered and halloaed(?); glanced a moment and admired the swan like grace with which the BOND rested upon the water, and wended their way home satisfied with the entertainment. On board of the vessel were a number of people, including ladies who gave back to the shore the shouts of joy, congratulated the captain upon his fine craft, disembarked and departed.
The launch was one of the best ever seen in Oswego, all arrangements having been perfected and everything moving off with clock like regularity. The keel of the BOND was laid last October, thus giving her frame and timbers plenty of time to season. She is built of the best material finished, in the highest style of marine architecture and is an honor to the handiwork of the builders A. Miller & CO. The BOND is fore and aft rig, 142 feet 6 inches in length, 26 feet 2 inches beam and 11 feet 4 inches in depth of hold with Custom House measurement of 315 37/100 tons and rates "A-1."
It is estimated that she will carry to Buffalo 22,500 bushels of wheat and to Oswego 19,000 without lighting. Her draft of water light, but with spars, sails anchors and chains, is but 4 feet 6 inches aft and 4 feet forward. The cabin is a model of greatness is roomy and well furnished and finished in better style and taste than any other vessel launched at this port. It is the work of Larry Ward, one of the best carpenters, who has shown most admirable taste. Th doors and door frames are of the oval style, which relieves them from the heavy dead wood usually found in cabins. The painting is neat and comely, while the graining, in imitation of ash and black walnut, is in keeping with the furniture.
The BOND is owned by Mr. O. M. Bond, whose name she bears, J. H. Mc Collum and Captain Stephen Lefaiver , the latter the commander. She cost ready for sea, $27,000. Th captain "Steve" Lefaiver, is a competent and able seaman, and one who has not gained his present position by creeping through the cabin windows, but by his own sterling worth. May good luck, fair winds and high freights attend the BOND to green old age.
Thursday April 17,1873
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The new schr. O.M. BOND was launched at Oswego on Wednesday. The vessel is full canal size, her length over all being 142 ft. 2 inches, her breadth 25 9/10 ft. and her depth 11.1 ft. and she is expected to carry 19,000 bu. wheat through the canal, or 23,000 bu. to Buffalo. This is equal to 690 tons or 579 tons through the canal.
Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
April 18, 1873 3-5
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A new vessel named the O.M. BOND of full canal size, from Oswego, passed up yesterday with the fleet.
Detroit Free Press
May ??, 1873