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Nassau (Schooner), U18734, 1 Aug 1872

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THE LAUNCH OF THE NASSAU. - Yesterday afternoon hundreds of men, women and children wended their way to the ship yard of Goble & Macfarlane to witness the launch of the new schooner, built for T.S. Mott, and arriving
there formed in groups, some descanting on the "lines" of the new craft, and others of the time when the ship yards of Oswego turned out twelve vessels a year.
The new schooner made a handsome appearance, dressed out in pure white, with red and green stripes, while from her decks floated from temporary flag staves the burgee "Nassau," the American ensign, and the private signal "M." There is a pleasure in attending a launch at Goble & Macfarlane's, for four o'clock means four, and at two minutes to that hour the last "shore" is knocked out, men with sharp broad axes stand ready to cut the last link, and just as the hour hand pricks four the ropes ae cut, the nassau moves slowly, increasing the pace as she advances till she leaps from the ways to the element with which she is to battle for weal or woe. There is a grace in a launch, when a handsome craft glides with steady motion to the end of the ways and then swoops with pride the water, and dashes in with scorn, sending it far away until it is lost in itself.
The builders and owners of the NASSAU may well be proud of her, as she will compare favorably with anything on the lakes, in beauty and carrying. The following are her dimensions: Length 143 feet, beam 16 feet, depth of
hold 11 feet. She measures 315 2/10 tons Custom House measurement, and has a carrying capacity through the Welland Canal of about 19,000 bushels of wheat in 10 feet of water, of 22,500 bushels to Buffalo, while she can stow
under decks 3,200 barrels of salt.
She will be fore and aft rig with wire shrouds and stays, and will be furnished with Coffin & Woodward's new patent steerer, three Brokenshire ship pumps (double). The centre board is 2 feet longer and one inch thicker than those in use in canal vessels, and with this greater length giving a better hold upon the water the Nassau will trouble the fast ones when "by the wind."
The cabin is large, airy and commodious, having a dining room, kitchen, captain's room, rooms for two mates and the cook, lockers and a large water closet and wash room. Aft she has a raised deck, extending forward of the
main hatch, the same as the Madeira. She is built in the most substantial manner and classes "A 1." One thing which will strike the eye of all the marine architects is the nicely rounded quarter, which gives her the appearance of a clean stern.
The Nassau was commenced may 15th, and was just three months in construction. She will be ready for sea in about 10 days, and will then try conclusions with the last of them plying between this port and Chicago. She will cost ready for sea about $24,000. The commander of the new craft is Capt. J.R. Moulther, a whole souled sailor, a competent navigator, and one who believes that vessels were made to sail, not lie at the dock. He is ably seconded by his first officer, Mr. Frost, who has plowed salt brine. Goble & Macfarlane have built for Mr. Mott nine vessels in all, more than were ever built in this city for any other one man. The fleet of vessels now owned by Mr. Mott consists of five schooners, viz: Florida, Havana, John T. Mott, Henry Fitzhugh and Nassau.
Mr. Mott, to show his appreciation of Oswego mechanics, invited the builders and their men to a bountiful repast, served up in grand style at the Oswego Hotel, where a pleasant hour was spent in toasting the owner, the
vessel, the builders and the captain. It was voted that mine host Ashley did himself proud in the spread.
We would unite with the mechanics in the wish that this is not the last vessel to be built for Mr. Mott, and hope that this one may have fair winds, good freights and a good old age.
      Oswego Palladium
      Friday, August 16, 1872

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The NASSAU is the name of the well constructed canal vessel now on her maiden voyage from Oswego, where she was launched a short time since for Thomas S. Mott of that port. Her dimensions are as follows: Length, 143 ft.; beam 26 ft.; depth of hold, 11 ft.; custom house measurement, 315 tons. Her carrying capacity is estimated at 19,000 bushels wheat, with a draft of 10 ft. of water. She costs $24,000, and is commanded by Capt. J.R. Moulthier.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      September 14, 1872 3-6

      New Schooner Launched
      Goble and MacFarlane's Ship yard- Launch of the Nashua- Other nautical matters
Yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock, the new schooner "NASHUA" owned by J. T Mott, was launched at Goble and MacFarlanes' shipyard. The building of this schooner was begun May 15, and she has been just three months on the stocks. The launch was nicely done, and witnessed by a crowd. Her dimensions are as follows:
Tonnage 315 2-100 Length over all 143 feet, Beam 26 feet 2 inches, Depth of hold 11 feet, Carrying capacity, to Buffalo 22,500 bushels of wheat through the canal, 19.000 bushels of wheat. She is one of the finest craft ever built at Oswego, and fully maintains the high reputation of her builders. She has a raised deck rom aft to the main hatch, in this respect resembling the MADEIRA; has wire rigging and patent steerers, from Coffin & Woodward, Boston; painted by P. Cullinan, the old reliable; has Brokenshire double acting pumps, two main and one combined force and bilge pumps. She is to be commanded by Captain John R. Moulthier, who has been in command of the J. T. Mott and will engaged in the grain trade between this port and the upper lakes. This is the ninth vessel built for J. T. Mott.
Messrs Goble and MacFarlane will now put the W. J. PRESTON on the stocks and thoroughly repair her. After the completion of this job, they will begin the construction of another new vessel, to be launched during the fall and after her, will build one during the winter. IT will be launched in the spring. Messrs. Goble and MacFarlane are doing a lively business, and while on this subject, we will say that the tug ALANSON SUMNER built by them, has been greatly admired by all who have seen her and is acknowledge to have four superiors either on this or the upper lakes.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      August 16, 1872

      The new Schooner NASSAU.
This new and splendid schooner was launched from the yard of Goble and Marfarlane, the enterprising ship builders, on Thursday afternoon, witnessed by a large concourse of admiring spectators. So many errors crept in to the minutes of our reporter, whose statement we gave yesterday, that we feel it due to the builders and owners, to refer to the subject briefly again.
      The NASSUA is owned by T. S. Mott Esq., of this city, and increases his fleet of first class lake craft to five schooners, and makes the ninth of this class of vessels built by the same firm for Mr. Mott.
Length over all, 143 feet; breadth of beam 26 feet; depth of hold 11 feet; capacity 19,000 bushels of wheat through the Welland Canal, at 10 feet draft and without lightening 22,500 bushels to Buffalo; Custom House register 315 2-10 tons; she will carry 3,200 bbls. Of salt under deck. Her centerboard is two feet longer and 1 inch thicker than is customary in schooners of her class. She is a fore and after, and will be fitted out with wire rigging, Coffin & Woodward¹s new patent steerer, and three of Brockenshire¹s double pumps. Her cabin is spacious and contains a dining room, kitchen, captain¹s room, two mate¹s room cook¹s room, closet, and washroom. She has a raised deck from aft to forward of the main hatch, in this respect resembling the "MADEIRA.: The keel of the Nassau was laid on the 15th of May, and of course she has been just three months upon the stocks. In ten days more she will be ready for sea. This despatch is characteristic of her enterprising builders.
This firm will now put upon the stocks the schooner W.I. PRESTON, for thorough repairs. This job completed, they will lay the keel of another first class schooner, to be completed this fall, to be followed by another during the winter, to be completed at the opening of lake navigation, next spring.
      The NASSAU has cost her owners $24,000, and will be commanded by Capt. John Moulther, who was formerly captain of the J. T. MOTT , a true sailor and a gentleman of ability.
      In the evening after the launch, her owner furnished a splendid entertainment to the builders- Goble & Mcfarlane and their men, at the Oswego Hotel. About seventy-five persons sat down to tables laden with substantial dishes and all seasonable fruits in the bountiful manner peculiar to that far-famed host Mr. Ashley. A couple of hours were passed in eating and drinking, speeches and toast, and the company separated at a reasonable hour, all expressing the greatest gratification and satisfaction with the pleasant social affair.
      The building of the NASSAU was commenced by Messrs. Mcfarlane and Page immediately after the launching of the tug "ALANSON PAGE Page," which has attracted so much attention at home and abroad. The beauty of model, and finish of this fine tug is universally admired, and in this respect she is fully the equal, if not superior to the best of the Upper Lake or Detroit River tugs of her class.
      Oswego Commercial Advertiser
      August 17, 1872

Schooner NASSAU. U. S. No. 18734. Of 315,02 tons gross; 299.27 tons net, Built Oswego, N.Y., 1872. Home port, Oswego, N.Y. 137.0 x 25,0 x 11.0
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885

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Nassau (Schooner), U18734, 1 Aug 1872