LAUNCH. On Thursday afternoon a very fine new fore an aft schooner was launched at Port Nelson, in the presence of upwards of two hundred persons who had collected to witness the interesting occurrence. She is the property of J. Wilson Esq., of the firm of Wilson & Keighley, merchants of this City, and as she glided from the stocks, was christened the ELIZA WILSON with the usual formalities. Several citizens accepted invitations to be present on the occasion and went by the CHIEF JUSTICE as far as the Burlington Canal, where teams were in readiness to bring them down to the port. The launch was most successful, and three hearty cheers were given as she moved from her fastenings. When the vessel was moored the company adjourned to the large store room of R. Miller Esq., and partook of a 'dejeuner,' after which Champagne flowed freely and the usual toasts, loyal and appropriate, were given,and responded to in a very happy manner.
At five o'clock Mr. Wilson, surprised those of his Toronto friends who were present by saying that the vessel was in such capital trim that they could return home in her. The announcement was received with a hearty cheer, and in the course of a few minutes the sails were spread and the ELIZA WILSON, before she was two hours in the water, proceeded with a fair wind on her first trip, safely landing her passengers at Hackett's Wharf at eleven o'clock P. M. She was built by Mr. Alexander McClere, and her dimensions are as follows:- length of keel,74 feet 6 inches; Breadth of beam, 20 feet; Depth of hold, 7 feet clear of deck. She is capable of carrying 6,000 bushels of Wheat, and will at once take part in the Lake trade.
Saturday, May 26, 1855
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LAUNCH.---A new schooner, the ELIZA WILSON, was launched on Thursday at Port Nelson, C. W., the property of S. Wilson, of Toronto. Her dimensions are as Follows: -- Length of keel 74 feet 6 inches, breadth of beam 20 feet, depth of hold 7 feet clear of deck. She is capable of carrying 6,000 bushels of wheat.
The Democracy, Buffalo
Thursday, May 31, 1855
Schooner ELIZA WILSON [C] Of 93 tons. Built Port Nelson by Le Clare in 1855. Owned by Waldy & Hall. Home port, Wellington. Value $2,600 Class, B 1.
Board of Lake Underwriters
Lake Vessel Register, 1860