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Undine (Schooner), C71158, 11 May 1868

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Shipbuilding In Hamilton - Completion Of Another Splendid Vessel - The enterprise of shipbuilding is not a leading one in Hamilton, but there is no question that the work performed in that branch is of a superior order, and our marine artisans augment the lake fleets by one or two first-class craft annually. Last season the schooner "PERSIA" and the propeller "ACADIA" were launched and completed here, and two finer vessels of their kind respectively are not afloat upon fresh water. This spring we have to not the completion of another new vessel, which has excited the high admiration of connoisseurs in nautical architecture, from the grace and beauty of her model, excellent material and substantial manner of construction. This craft was put on the stocks in June last, on the shore of the bay adjacent to Mr. Thos. Myles' coal yard, at the foot of John Street, and has since been in steady course of construction with a
moderate force of workmen, under the direction of Mr. R. LaVallee, one of the best master shipbuilders in the province, as the fine vessels previously constructed under his supervision give sufficient evidence.
Her dimensions are: 110 feet length of keel, 120 feet over all; breadth of beam, 28 ft. 8 in.; depth of hold 10 feet. Her model is one of great beauty, with clipper bow, and a clear run aft, and according to the fashionable attire of sea-going craft, she is painted black, with white lines, and false ports. She will register 225 tons, and her carrying capacity will be equal to 13,000 bushels wheat. The new vessel is built of the best quality of clear oak well seasoned. A new feature introduced in her construction, is the employment of iron knees, which add greatly to the strength of the hull, and we believe she will be the first vessel upon the lakes possessing this important improvement. Throughout she present qualities of great strength and durability, and by good judges, is pronounced, in every respect, one of the very best vessels ever constructed on the lakes. She has a centre-board of extra dimensions, the box being twenty-six feet in length, and her fine model gives promise of an excellent sailer, off or on the wind. Her standing rigging will be of wire, and she will carry a good spread of canvas, her suit of sails being manufactured at Mr. W.W. Grant's loft in this city.
The cabin is large and commodious, and tastefully finished. On the bow is an elegantly carved figure-head, being a full-sized figure of the water nymph "undine", in flowing drapery, which we suspect may bear some relation to the name of the new vessel. This really artistic piece of workmanship was executed by Mr. J.F. Peterkin, of Toronto, and entitles him to much praise.
This new craft designed for the grain and general trade of the lakes, is owned conjointly by Mr. Thos. Myles and Mr. Chas. Abraham, of this city. She will be commanded by Capt. James Hughes, formerly of the schooner "JOHN RAE". The preparations for launching are complete, and await only the favor of wind and tide, and the waters being very low at present, and the strong west wind, having the effect of lowering the level considerably. The builder wishes to announce that the launch will take place to-morrow afternoon at 2 o'clock.
      Hamilton Evening Times
      May 1, 1868

Launch - Agreeably to announcement the launch of the fine schooner UNDINE took place this afternoon at the shipyard of Mr. LaVallee, situated at the foot of John Street. About three hundred people witnessed the launch,
which was successfully accomplished shortly after two o'clock. The ceremony of christening was performed by Miss LaVallee, daughter of the builder. A large party of friends were afterwards entertained by the owners of the craft, Messrs. Abraham & Myles.
      Hamilton Evening Times
      May 2, 1868

      A new schooner, named the UNDINE, was launched at Hamilton, on the 1st. The Times describes her as a fine vessel of the following dimensions: 110 ft. length of keel, 120 ft. overall; breadth of beam, 28 ft. 9 inches; depth of hold, 10 ft. Hermodel is one of great beauty, with clipper bow, and a clear run aft. She is painted black, with white lines and false ports. She will register 225 tons, and her carrying capacity will be equal to 13,000 bu. wheat. Iron knees, similar to those in the NEW DOMINION of Picton, were used in her construction, and her build throughout is of the most substantial description. She is wire rigged.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 11, 1868 3-3

Schooner UNDINE. Official Canada No. 71158. Of 196 tons register. Built Hamilton, Ont. 1868. Home port, Hamilton. Ont. 107.8 x 22.6 x 11.4 Owned by Thomas Myles, of Hamilton, Ont,
      List of Vessels on the Registry Books of the
      Dominion of Canada on December 31, 1886

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Undine (Schooner), C71158, 11 May 1868