The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
F. J. King (Schooner), U9299, 16 Jun 1867

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LAUNCH. -- We are informed that Wilcox Bros.'s new vessel will be launched tomorrow afternoon at 8:30 o'clock, (sharp) from the yard of G. R. Rogers, (old C. & T. Dock) East Side. An invitation is extended to "all the world and the rest of mankind" to be present at the hour named.
      Toledo Blade
      June 15, 1867

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      SCHOONER F. J. KING. -- This vessel, as we have noticed, was launched yesterday from the yard of Geo. R. Rogers. She is another evidence that in marine architecture our ship builders are not a whit behind those at any port on the lakes. The F. J. KING was constructed for the timber trade, and strength being the main consideration, less beauty of symmetry was, perhaps, expected, but we believe in both respects she more than realizes the expectations of her owners. Her dimensions are, length, 144 feet, beam 26 feet 2 inches, depth of hold, 12 feet, and measures about 285 tons. The timber used in the vessel is of a quality superior to that generally used, being free from knots, and very few pieces in her hull, are less, perhaps, than 40 feet; and we noticed in many instances her planks would measure 50, 60 or 70 feet in length. The hull is put together in the strongest manner, the planking being double bolted, and in every part the greatest attention was given to render the hull, as staunch as possible. Her "ports" are models for strength, different in many important particulars from those of any vessel on the lakes, and will pass a piece of timber 44 inches in diameter. The cabin is large, well lighted and ventilated; the shipper's quarters neat, cosy and cheerful, nicely carpeted, and the other rooms are furnished in good taste, everything bearing testimony to the skill of a master builder.
      As previously stated, the F. J. KING was built by George R. Rogers for Wilcox Bros. of this city, and both the builder and owners are well pleased with her. She will be commanded by Capt. Charles Chamer, a gentleman of large nautical experience, a capital fellow, withal, who of course feels very proud of his craft.
      After the launch yesterday, the new vessel was towed to the dock in front of Wilcox Bros, where she was visited by a large number of citizens, including many experienced in our Lake Marine, and all were profuse in their compliments to the owner and builder of the craft. In the afternoon, after the adjournment of the Board of Trade, M. L. Wilcox, Esq., through Mayor King, invited the Board to call on him on board the vessel. The invitation was accepted and a pleasant time was had in "wetting" the schooner, and many were the kind wishes bestowed upon her and her owners.
      Toledo Blade
      June 18, 1867

Schooner F.J. KING. U. S. No. 9299. Of 280.55 tons. Home port, Toledo, Ohio.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1869
      Schooner F.J. KING. U. S. No. 9299. Of 280.55 tons gross; 266.35 tons net. Built Toledo, Ohio, 1867. Home port Ogdensburg, N.Y. 140.0 x 26.0 x 11.6
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885

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F. J. King (Schooner), U9299, 16 Jun 1867