A large number of people of both sexes were drawn together on Saturday afternoon, to witness the launch which took place at A. Miller & Co.'s ship yard on the east side of the river. At about 5:30 o¹clock the vessel moved off her ways in fine style, and glided into the water most beautifully, displaying from a flag, as she touched her native element, the name - PLYMOUTH ROCK.
No finer modeled vessel we have never seen in hour harbor; she sits in the water like a duck, as the sailors say. That she is substantially built, we need no other guarantee than she was built by A. Miller & Co. She is of the largest class of schooners, being 288 tons burthen, Custom House measure. We understand she is owned by her enterprising builders, and will be sailed the present season by Capt. Joseph Kimball, who is entirely competent to command a noble craft like the PLYMOUTH ROCK. Success to both!
It may be worthy of remark that this launch was effected without the whiskey stimulant, so common on such occasions either before or afterward. Ald. Miller being a Temperance man, is of the opinion no doubt, that such aid is unnecessary and hurtful; and as everything passed off in fine style, it would seem to have that look about it.
Oswego Daily Times
Monday, April 12, 1852
Miller & Co¹s Ship-Yard
(Miller & Co., Proprietors)
This extensive establishment is situated in the Cove on the East side. It possesses excellent facilities for ship building, &c. It furnishes emplyment to about 70 hands on an average year round. A substantial and beautiful vessel, the PLYMOUTH ROCK, was launched from this yard last week; and is a good specimen of the skill and ability of those who have the management of the various departments of the extensive business carried on at this yard.
Connected with this yard is an extensive steam saw mill owned by Messrs. Miller & White, which gives employment to about 15 men daily, and is capable of sawing 1,000 feet of lumber per hour, together with a large quantity of lath, shingles, heading, &c.
Oswego Daily Journal
Wednesday, April 14, 1852