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A. J. Dewey (Schooner), U105593, 9 Oct 1875

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The Launch at Chaumont.
Editor Daily times:
The new schooner was launched at this place on Saturday, the 9th, according to announcement, the day being one of the finest and everything connected with the vessel in perfect order. About 2 p.m. carriages and pedestrians were seen wending their way to the ground and the procession continued until up to the hour of the launch, when over 1,000 people were present.
At half-past one master-builder Reed ordered the workmen to begin ' wedging up,' and by 2:30 the wedges were all driven and everything was in readiness for the vessel's departure into her native element. At precisely 3 p.m. the order 'Ready!' was given, when the lashings were cut, the flag run up to the fore top-mast head, and the name of "A.J. DEWEY" floats gently to the breeze as she glides gracefully into the water amid the din of the people¹s cheering.
The dimensions of the vessel are as follows: 122 feet keel, 16 feet beam with 10 feet hold, and measures 130 feet over all. her tonnage is 237 45-100, and she will carry 15,500 bushels of grain through the Welland Canal.
Her owners are Copley, Enos, Dewey and Capt. Wm. Vincent, who will also be her master. She was built by Luther Reed of Henderson, and ironed by the celebrated vessel blacksmith, Albert Broker of Clayton. She is pronounced by the workmen to be the best vessel ever launched in this section, and the launch was voted by the crowd to be the finest of any.
The owners may well be proud of her, and especially Mr. Dewey for his privilege of naming so fine a vessel. By the way, I noted about every man, woman and child on the ground that lives in this section, with the exception of ' the great American lime burner,' who, I understand, was at home busily engaged in washing the dinner dishes, and missed all the fun. SKYLARK.
      Watertown Daily Times
      Tuesday, October 12, 1875

      A New Schooner.
No handsomer schooner has been seen in this port in man y years than the new schooner A.J. DEWEY, of Chaumont, which arrived in port Saturday. Yesterday she was the center of attraction and excited much favorable comment from competent judges.
The new schooner has a clean entrance, her bow being sharp with a touch of the New York pilot boat style of architecture, and a run that must leave the water emagitated no matter how much the vessel is force. Her sheer is good, such as to keep the ends out of the water in heavy weather, a consideration not to be made light of especially in the fall of the year.
She was built at Chaumont by Luther Reed, a good mechanic, as his work shows , and was on the stocks from April 7th to Saturday Oct. 9th, when she was launched. She is built in the most substantial manner and is as strong as wood and iron can make a vessel. The owners, Messrs. Copely, Dewey, Enos and Captain Vincent, have every reason to be proud of their snug craft and can rest assured that her stern will be seen by nine tenths of the vessels on the lakes. Her dimensions are: Length over all 138 feet, beam 26 feet, depth of hold 10 1/2 feet and registers 237 45-100 tons. She will carry about 15,000 bushels.
      Among the many things worthy of mention is an improvement in the centerboard and box. The chain is fastened to the bottom of the board and runs up through a box within the centerboard box by passing under a wheel at the bottom of the box. Captain William Vincent, an able and experienced navigator, one of the owners, commands the new vessel, and is ably seconded by George Bovee, first mate. If the new fore and after runs as well as her namesake (a sterling Democrat who several times has been elected Supervisor of his town notwithstanding an adverse majority of several hundred) she will meet the expectations of her friends.
      Oswego Palladium
      October 18, 1875

      Schooner A.J. DEWEY. U. S. No. 105593. Of 237.45 gross tons; 225.58 tons net. Built Chaumont, N.Y., 1875. Home port, Chaumont, N.Y. 124.0 x 25.0 x 10.0
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1876

RIG: Schooner
LOA: 124.0
BEAM: 25.0
DEPTH: 10.0
GROSS: 237.45 {1876; 1877; 1878: 1879; 1880; 188O-81; 1882; 1883; 1884; 1885
NET: 225.58 (1884; 1885
CITY: Chaumont
HOME PORT: Chaumont. NY (1876; 1877; 1878; 1879; 1880: 1880-81; 1882); Kenosha, WI (1883): Grand Haven.. MI (1884); Manistee. MI. (1885
YEARS LlSTED: 1876; 1877; 1878; 1879; 1880; 1880-81; 1882; 18S3; 1884; 1885

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A. J. Dewey (Schooner), U105593, 9 Oct 1875