The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Sardinia (Schooner), 21 May 1856

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A beautiful schooner was safely launched from the shipyard of the northern village, on Wednesday last. At an early hour parties from the surrounding `clearings,' began to arrive, and in the afternoon the village presented an unusually animated appearance. The adjoining bay was tranquil and bright as a mirror -- the green banks of the Coldwater River lined with anxious visitors.
At the appointed time the fair vessel, (gaily decorated with her English colours) glided off in admirable style amid the waving of hats and handkerchief and the loud cheers of the delighted spectators, receiving the patriotic name of " SARDINIA."
Her length overall on deck is - 104 feet
      Her length of keel is - 93 feet
      Her breadth of beam is - 23 feet 6 inches
      her depth of hold is - 9 foot 6 inches
230 tons Carpenter Measurement. Which will carry, say 9,000 bushels of wheat
She is under the command of Captain Godsman, who is favourably known on lake Ontario.
The evening of the launch, we understand proved to be a happy one to the artisans and others interested in the vessel, the hospitality of Mr. Pidgeon, affording then an opportunity of enjoying themselves at the "festive board," and afterwards of joining in the " merry dance " where trip the " light fantistic toe," went merry as a marriage ball.
A much larger vessel is now building under the able superintendance of Mr. McPhee, so favourably known as the builder of the ship " CITY OF TORONTO."
Although the village of Coldwater is not recognised as a port of entry " by law," it bids fair to establish itself as one " by nature " from the fact of such fine vessels having made their entry into the bosom of her pretty river.
      Barrie Northern Advance
      May 29, 1856

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NOTE:-- The much larger ship now building was launched as the INDIAN QUEEN

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William R. McNeil
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Sardinia (Schooner), 21 May 1856