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Minnehaha (Schooner), 29 Jun 1857

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A Launch. - James A. Baker, Esq. will launch his fine clipper schooner at the Marine Railway, to-day, at 11 o'clock preciesly. This vessel very appropriately carries the stars on her top-mast, as well as her signal, having been registered by the Association of Underwriters of the Lakes as an 'A 1' vessel, this being the highest register ever given to any vessel heretofore built on Lake Ontario. After she is launched one of Ald. Dobbie's tugs will take her in tow on an excursion of five or six miles on the Lake, with a company of invited guests, and more particularly for the benefit of the mechanics employed in the construction of the craft, and their families.
      Oswego Palladium
      Saturday, June 20, 1857


The Launch on Saturday. - Pursuant to notice, Mr. James A. Baker launched his new and beautiful clipper schooner from the Marine Railway on Saturday forenoon. The day was beautiful, and a large number of persons, including a fair proportion of ladies were on board as she glided into her element. Capt. Stone's fine band was also on board, and as she moved gently down the ways, a fine air was played, and the bunting at her mast head was unfurled displaying the name of MINNEHAHA.
      "They have named her from the river,
      From the water fall they named her,
      Minnehaha, laughing water."
A name perculiarly adapted to the beantiful proportions of the vessel. The tug then took her in tow, and proceeded on an excursion into the lake, with music playing and colors flying. She sets beautifully on the water and her model shows her off to fine advantage. After a pleasant ride on the bosom of Old Ontario of a couple of hours, she returned with her large and delighted company to the harbor.
The MINNEHAHA is rated, as we said yesterday, by the Certificate of the Lake Association of Underwriters, as an 'A 1' vessel, being the highest standard given, and she is the first vessel built on this Lake that has received so high an estimate, unless it has been done this season. This, of itself, is sufficient commendation of her merits.
She measures 125 feet on deck, 25 feet 6 inches breadth of beam, and 10 feet 6 inches hold, and is about 350 tons burthen. She has all the latest improvements and fastenings to render her thoroughly staunch and perfect. She has Hunt's Patent Steerer, Talcott & Underhill's patent Capstan and winch, and patent windlass; and is extra clamped and fastened, with hanging knees, butt-bolted, &c. She was constructed under the supervision of Mr. James Navaugh, Mr. Baker's foreman, who has few superiors any where as a skillful and accomplished shipbuilder; and wherever she shows her beautiful lines, cannot fail to commend herself to the admiration of nautical critics.
      Oswego Palladiuim
      Monday, June 22, 1857

      The MINNEHAHA is the name of the new schooner launched from Baker's shipyard on Saturday. As we have before stated, she is classed by the Lake Association of Underwriters as A1 vessel, which is the highest standard given to any lake craft. - Oswego Times.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      June 29, 1857 2-7

Pleasure Excursion. - Mr. James A. Baker has very generously offered the West Baptist Sunday School, with which he is connected, a pleasure excursion to Little Sodus Bay on Thursday next, in the new clipper MINNEHAHA, and Ex-Alderman Dobbie has also volunteered to take the MINNEHAHA in tow with his new tug Wm. MORGAN. Quite a number of invited guests besides the teachers and pupils of the Sunday School will make the trip. Among other attractions, a band of music will accompany the pleasure seekers, and it is needeless to say that they will have a pleasant time. Should the weather be fine, the MORGAN and MINNEHAHA will start from the West Pier, Thursday morning at 8 o'clock.
      Oswego Palladium
      Wednesday, July 8, 1857

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Minnehaha (Schooner), 29 Jun 1857