The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Venice (Brig), 27 Jul 1847

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LAUNCH OF THE BRIG " VENICE." - At precisely 4 P. M., the blocks were knocked from under this beautiful vessel, and amid the cheers of hundreds, she moved gracefully into her destined element. Although the day was cloudy and rainy, part of the time, a large concourse of people were in attendance on both sides of the river, and were highly gratified with this noble specimen of the handicraft of the citizens of Rochester. After the launch, the company were entertained with a song composed and sung for the occasion, by H. D. S. Sweet, of Rochester, which elicited unbounded applause. The company then repaired to the Pavillion Inn, kept by our friend Green, and after partaking of some refreshments, adjourned "sine die".
      The vessel was built by Capt. Benj. Bagnal, late of Plymouth, Mass. Inner and cabin work by Mr. L. B. Reed, of Rochester, painting by Mr. Bascom, of Rochester, and the rigging under the supervision of Capt. W. Baxter.
      The best compliment that can be paid to them all by one who knows, is that on comparison, with any craft in any part of the world they need not be ashamed of her.
      She is owned by R. H. Haywood and Samuel P. Atwater, of Buffalo. Success to owners, master, and all those engaged in building her. - Roch. Daily Adv. 28th
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      July 29, 1847

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Venice (Brig), 27 Jul 1847