Detroit, August 20.
THE BRIG MANHATTAN. - At ten o'clock this morning a vast concourse of citizens were assembled at the shipyard of O. Newberry, Esq., to witness the launching of the noble brig MANHATTAN. At ten, the time appointed for the launch, the elegant steamboat MICHIGAN on her return trip from Chicago hove in sight, loaded with passengers, and accompanied with a fine band of music, giving life to the scene. A pause was made to give her time to come in, which she did immediately below, and added to the cheer by her enlivening music, and the hearty congratulations of her numerous passengers. About half past 10 o'clock the blocks were knocked away, and the brig descended into her destined element amid the cheers of hundreds. The morning was pleasant, and the vast number of ladies and gentlemen assembled on the occasion, the plying about of numerous small craft upon the river, the lying at anchor of sister schooners crowded to the mast head with spectators to witness the scene, the arrival of the MICHIGAN at the happy moment altogether made the appearance truly cheering.
The MANHATTAN is the largest square-rigged vessel on the Lakes, and she is pronounced by all connoisseurs in the art of ship-building, who have examined her, to be the best in point of model and strength, ever committed to the Western waters. Her length of keel is 93 feet, depth of hold 12 feet, and her breadth of beam 29. In respect to the superiority of her steamboats and sail vessels, Detroit will not yield the palm to any of her sister ports on the lakes. - [Detroit] Daily Advertiser.
Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
Wednesday, August 31, 1836 p.2, c.3
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LAUNCH.--A fine brig, called the MANHATTEN, was launched at Detroit of the 20th ult. She measures 93 feet length of keel; depth of hold 12 feet; and is said to be the largest square ngged vessel, and the best in model and strength, ever committed to the Lakes.
Black Rock Advocate
September 1, 1836