The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Jamaica (Schooner), 1 May 1867

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Successful Launch. -- At 10 o¹clock this forenoon, the schooner NEVADA was launched from Goble Macfarlane¹s ship yard, at the foot of West First street. She is one of the finest vessels ever built here, being after a splendid model, and is as symmetrical and well proportioned as any craft that sails the lakes. Her dimensions are as follows: Length of keel 139 ft., breadth of beam 156 ft., depth of hold 11 ft., tonnage 345 49/100 tons, new measurement. She was built for Thomas Mott, Esq., and we understand has been sold by him to Morgan Wheeler Esq.
      The NEVADA will be sailed by Capt. Andrew Robertson, an able and experienced seaman, and will be fitted out and go into the grain trade immediately, between this port and the upper lake ports.
      The launch was a complete success, taking place at precisely the hour appointed. Messrs. Goble Macfarlane¹s yard is well located for the purpose of launching vessels, as they can be run off without stay lines, gliding out freely into the "native element," which adds much to the fine effect of the scene. As before remarked, the NEVADA is a fine vessel; a credit to her builders, and the owner, as well as to Mr. Mott, to whose enterprise our lake marine are indebted for this valuable addition to their number. We wish her many successful and prosperous voyages.
      The JAMAICA, another first class schooner of the same firm is building for Mr. Mott, is nearly finished and will be launched in a few days. The time will be duly announced.
      Oswego Advertiser Times
      April 25, 1867

      The JAMAICA. - The schooner JAMAICA, was launched at the foot of West First st., at 4 1/2 o¹clock yesterday afternoon. The Jamaica was built by Messrs Goble Macfarlane for Thomas Mott, Esq., and has been sold by him to M.M. Wheeler, Esq. and Capt. Shattuck. She is built after the same model as the Nevada, which was launched from the same place on Thursday of last week, and is in all respects a first class vessel.. She is 139 ft. keel; 14 ft. over all; 20 ft. beam, 11 ft. hold, and measures 318 40/100 tons, new measurement.,
      The launch was a perfectly successful affair, and was witnessed by a great number of people who thronged the pier and other places in the vicinity of the shipyard. The vessel glided down the ways and out into the harbor with the grace of a seemingly living thing. She is as beautiful as staunch, and her owners may well take pride in their fine vessel. She will be commanded by Capt. Shattuck, a well known seaman of may years experience, and, with her mate, the Nevada, will go into the grain trade between this place and Chicago. An unusual number of large, first-class vessels have been built her during the past season, the launch of yesterday being the fourth that has occurred this spring, while one or two more are to take place.
Oswego now has a large fleet of superior vessels traversing the lakes, and the most of them are from our own builders. Our ship yards boast facilities, not to be surpassed by those of any other lake ports, and the vessels here built will vie in all respects with any that sail the lakes.
      Oswego Advertiser Times
      Wed., May 1, 1867

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Jamaica (Schooner), 1 May 1867