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Curtis Mann (Schooner), 2 Nov 1855

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A SPLENDID VESSEL. -- We had the pleasure, yesterday, of inspecting the new and splendid schooner CURTIS MANN, built by Geo. Hardison, for Capt. R. Hayford and others, all of our city, which vessel is now receiving her first cargo for Chicago. She is beyond all question the finest specimen of naval architecture yet launched on our waters, and does infinite credit to her builder and finishers. Our vessels generally are not sufficiently strong and well proportioned to carry with safety the immense cargoes with which they are usually freighted. We are of opinion, however, that this vessel is an exception to the general rule, and judging from her symmetrical appearance, etc. she is destined to prove not only staunch but fleet.
      The builder has kindly furnished us with the following interesting particulars; Length 134 feet; beam, 30 feet; depth, 10 feet 10 inches, and registers 394 tons. Her floor timbers are double 6 x 13 on keel and 9 inch bilge frames moulded from fitch stuff except the floors at ends of keel box which are 12 inches; frames are 12 inches clear between main keelson 14 x 12; sisters 9 x 9; ceiling from main keelson to clamp 5 inches thick, hook-scarped and edge bolted with 7/8 inch iron on sides; clamps the same; plank sheer 5 inches thick, bolted from above with 7/8 inch iron 5 feet long, down through plan, etc.; deck frames secured with four knees to each beam; stanchions are ten inch fore and aft-wise; rail 6 inches thick; keel-box 26 feet bolted with 1 inch iron 2 feet apart, etc. She is well bolted from outside of plank through ceiling and bilge keelsons, and fore locked on inside.
      She is clipper modeled, and shows a saucy, bronzed cannon, with a shot just taking its departure. Although she is the finest vessel that ever floated in our harbor. Her master, R. Hayford, is a sailor in every meaning of the term, both of the salt and fresh water breed, and if a good vessel in command of a good and fully competent man, with a good and efficient crew will ensure success, then we say success is bound to attend the CURTIS MANN.
      We have nearly forgot to say that the joiner work is by Kemp & Bartell, and the iron work by S. Kinnear. Her cabin is very neat and comfortable, and we found some very fine pickings there yesterday afternoon, at a well spread board, presided over by Mr. Curtis Mann himself. It will be remembered that the builder of this vessel is the same who built the LOOKOUT, which schooner has proved herself second to none on out lakes. Our unbiased opinion is that our skippers generally will have to look out for the CURTIS MANN, or they will be hull down astern before they know it.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Saturday, November 3, 1855

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Curtis Mann (Schooner), 2 Nov 1855