Ansel R. Cobb (Brig), 26 Jun 1845
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Sir:- I would call your attention to the fact, of the arrival of a number of very large and a superior class of vessels from the American side of Lake Erie, through the enlarged Welland Canal. The first of these and I believe the finest, the Brigantine ANSEL R. COBB, is a splendid vessel, superior to any one, I venture to say, that ever entered our harbor, both in her mould and general outfit.
She is 114 feet keel, 24 feet beam, and 10-1/2 feet depth of hold. Carries 300 tons, drawing 9 feet of water, stows I,900 barrels under hatches and 930 more on deck.
I an told there are several more as large if not larger on the Upper lakes, and I trust that now that such vessels can pass through the Welland Canal, our shipowners will emulate our go-ahead neighbours, in the size and build of their vessels so that we may soon point with pride to a comparison. I may here add that the brigantine ANSEL R. C0BB is commanded by an Irishman, Capt. McKinty, and as fine a fellow as need walk a deck. Her officers and crew, with one exception are "foreigners". On her way up, she took in at Hatters Bay, 18 toiscs or I80 ton of building stone for Cleveland, and yesterday stood away for the west, amidst a large fleet of staunch but smaller craft of our own.
The News, Kingston
Thursday, June 26, 1845
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