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Dan Lyons (Schooner), U6780, 3 Feb 1873

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The Launch Of The New Schooner DANIEL LYONS. -- The launch of a schooner is of more than
ordinary importance, even in summer, when all our energies are taxed to the utmost; but in winter, midwinter when everything is at a stand-still and Oswego is asleep or recuperating, the introduction of another bride of white winged commerce to the element which receives her for better or for worse, for weal or woe, should be hailed with joy by our people, as a sign of returning to the good old time when America built ships for every nation, and its mechanics found plenty at home.
Yesterday afternoon at 4:45 another ship was given to the sea, from Goble & Macfarlane's yard, a firm, symmetrical craft first class in all respects and one that reflects credit upon the "yard" and the workmen that have wrought upon her. The launch was put down for three o'clock, but the blocks in the dry dock delayed until fifteen minutes to five, when everything being in readiness.
      "And at the word,
      Loud and sudden there was heard,
      All around them and below,
      Knocking away the shores and spurs.
      And see! she stirs!
      She starts, -she moves, - she seems to feel
      The feel of life along her keel,
      And spurning with her foot the ground,
      With one exalting joyous bound,
      She leaps into the ocean¹s arms!
      And lo! from the assembled crowd
      There rose a shout prolonged and loud,
      That to the ocean seemed to say,
      ŒTake her, bridegroom, old and gray,
      Take her to thy protecting arms,
      With all her youth and all her charms."
As she leaped from the ways the bunting unfurled, the bottle broken on her stem, and the DANIEL LYONS was afloat. The launch was a success in every particular, nothing occurring to mar the hopes of the builders and owners, nor the pleasure of the assembled multitude.
The dimensions of the new schooner are as follows: Length over all 146 feet 6 inches; beam 26 feet, and depth of hold 11 feet. She is of the same mould and will be finished as the NASSAU and MADEIRA, with the exception of the spars, the DANIEL LYONS being a three masted fore and after.
The Daniel Lyons is the first three master of the fore and aft rig ever launched in Oswego. She will cost, when ready for sea, about $27,000, and will rate A 1 for five years. As yet she has not been registered, but probably will measure, Custom House measurement, the same as the NASSAU. The LYONS is owned by Messrs. Goble and Lyons, two of the most enterprising citizens, carvers of their own fortunes.
Captain John Blackburn, formerly of the WEST SIDE, will command the DANIEL LYONS, and if their is speed in her he will bring it out. He is a competent navigator, well liked by business men and seamen, attentive to his trust, and not given to waiting for a fair wind.
We wish the builders of the DANIEL LYONS prosperity, the owners high freights and the captain and vessel fair winds and plenty of sea room.
      Oswego Daily Palladium
      Tuesday, February 4, 1873

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      At Oswego recently Messrs. Goble & McFarland launched from their yard a full-sized canal schooner named the DANIEL LYONS, of the following dimensions: Length, over all, 142 feet 6 inches; beam 26 feet, and depth of hold 11 feet. The DANIEL LYONS is the first three-master of the fore-and-aft rig ever launched in Oswego. She will cost, when ready for the sea, about $27,000, and will rate A 1, for five years. The LYONS is owned by Messrs. Goble & Lyons, Captain John Blackburn, formerly of the WEST SIDE will command the new vessel.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      March 18, 1873

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      Goble & Macfarlane, boat builders, now have, at their yard at the foot of West 1st. Street, two new three-mast schooners, one about completed and ready to sail, and the other in so forward a state that she will probably be launched about the middle of May. These are the first three-mast schooners ever built in Oswego, the only crafts carrying that number ever built here before being barks and those some years ago. They are built of oak except the top timber, which is second growth chestnut. All the material is brought from Canada and the lake regoins in Central New York. The masts are pine and spruce. The expense of building is $27,000 each and they are intended to be, and doubtless are as good and large schooners as pass through the Welland Canal.
      Of these two schooners the one nearly completed is owned by Messrs. George Goble and Daniel Lyons, and is named the DANIEL LYONS.
      The new vessel that is still on the stocks is being built exactly on the pattern of the DANIEL LYONS. She is owned by Thos. S. Mott, and will be commanded by Samuel Moran, who last season commanded the HAVANA. She has not, of course, been named yet. - Oswego Times.
      Buffalo Evening Post
      Wednesday, April 16, 1873

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      Kingston, May 22 - The new schooner DAN LYONS, of Oswego, arrived today with grain, being the first boat to make a round trip.
      Messrs. Fraser & George have launched a new freight steamer, the SAXON.
      The Toronto Mail
      Friday, May 23, 1873

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Schooner DANIEL LYONS. U. S. No. 6780. Of 317 tons. Built Oswego, N.Y., 1873, by George Goble. 3 masted schooner. Lost by collision on Lake Michigan, 1878.
      Herman Runge Notes

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Dan Lyons (Schooner), U6780, 3 Feb 1873