NEW STEAMBOAT --- LAUNCH OF THE " BALTIC,"
Another noble boat floats in our harbor. The "BALTIC" was handsomely launched on Saturday afternoon, from the shipyard of Messrs Bidwell & Banta, and sits as gracefully on the water as a sea-bird upon his native wave.
The BALTIC is one of the first class boats that the wants of the travelling world have called into existance within the last few years, and of which the EMPIRE, the NIAGARA and LOUISIANA are splendid specimens. Her model, to our eye, seems faultless - trim, light, and staunch, she seems to combine the requisite sailing qualities with admirable symmetry and great strength, in her construction no expense has been spared, thus far, and we believe her hull has cost more, by several thousand dollars, than most other boats of her class on our waters, owing to the additional pains taken to give her extra strength, and at the same time to furnish a fine model, with light draft. Every other one of her top timbers is of the best red cedar, as are all her stanchions; and the bolts and spikes with which she has been put together are unusually large and strong, some three or four more tons of iron having been used for that purpose, than is commonly put in boats of her size. She now draws less than four feet, and will have a manifest advantage, in that respect, in passing the St. Clair Flats, and into shoal harbors.
The dimensions of the boat give her 223 feet keel - length of deck, overall, 235 feet - Breadth of beam, 30 feet -- depth of hold, 12 and a half feet -- tonnage, 850. She is to have the engine of the CONSTITUTION, which is to be converted into a lumber vessel, after so many years of faithful service.
The BALTIC is to be commanded by Capt. A.T. Kingman, son of her enterprising owner, M. Kingman, and we are glad to see that he is to have as fine a craft, for although so young, he has very successfully commanded the CONSTITUTION for the last three years and has shown himself deserving of as good a boat as the noble one that has taken her place.
Buffalo Daily Courer & Pilot
Monday, December 14, 1846