The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Thomas Kingsford (Schooner), 29 Sep 1856

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A New Vessel. - Ald. Rogers has just completed a very splendid schooner-rigged vessel, at his ship-yard, which is allowed to be as fine and staunch a vessel as was ever built in this city. - She is of the largest class that can pass the Welland Canal locks, being 135 feet keel, 11 1/2 feet hold , and 25 1/2 beam. No pains have been spared in making her as strong as the best quality of timber, and a liberal use of iron, and the
employment of the most approved fastenings could.
She is square fastened, butt-bolted, very firmly and strongly arched, and bosom and hanging-kneed. Her rigging is also of the same superior character. She was built for and is owned by Messrs.. Kinyon & Collins and D.C. Abbey, and will be commanded by Captain John W. Barrow, of this city, one of the most thorough-bred, experienced, and skillful commanders on the lakes. She is to be named after one of our most affluent, liberal and enterprising citizens, whose name will be a passport to public confidence wherever his
high reputation for probity and magnanimity of hear, and comprehensive commercial and business views are known.
The launch took place yesterday afternoon at a little after five o'clock. She glided into her native element most superbly, amid the cheers and congratulations of the assembled throng. As she came to her bearings in the water and righted up, she sat as beautiful as a thing of life: and as the bundle of bunting at her mast head was unfurled to the breeze, displaying in full round letters the name THOMAS KINGSFORD, the shouts of the throng on her deck and on shore welcomed the lucky name on her signal, with reciprocal and congratulatory shouts. She is an ornament to the city of her nativity, and does large credit to her builder.
      Oswego Palladium
      Tuesday, Sept. 30, 1856

A Pleasant Set Down- The owners of the new vessel THOMAS KINGSFORD gave a handsome supper to their friends and the ship carpenters, on Tuesday night at the Welland House. A large company sat down about nine o¹clock to a sumptuous repast got up in Mrs. Bronson¹s usual excellent style. Mr. D. C. Abbey and Mr. Collins two of the owners were present, and the utmost good feeling prevailed. After the viands had been fully discussed, speeches and sentiment was the order of the night, which were continued until a late hour. The whole affair was done up on a liberal scale, and did credit to the generosity an liberality of the owners. All present seemed highly gratified and pleased.
      Oswego Palladium
      Thursday, October 2, 1856

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Thomas Kingsford (Schooner), 29 Sep 1856