In accordance with our previous announcements, the new vessel built by Capt. Edward Zealand, at Zealand's Wharf, was launched yesterday at 2 o'clock. A considerable multitude of spectators lined the banks and wharves from which a view could be obtained; but many who calculated on the usual delay of a short time after the appointed hour for launching, were in this case disappointed. Precisely at 2 o'clock, the wedging up and other arrangements having been completed, the ropes were cut and off she went. Of all the launches that ever took place in this city none was ever more successful than this. She glided along the ways, plunged into the water, and floated from her late resting place smoothly and gracefully welcoming an introduction to her native element. As she began to move, Mrs. Edward Zealand christened her by breaking the bottle on her stern, and at the same time her name, which had hitherto been a secret, and a fruitful source of speculation, was revealed to the gazing multitude by pulling out a flag which had been hoisted in a bundle to the masthead, "her name is HERCULES!" the name is said to be exceedingly appropriate, seeing that particular attention was paid to render everything firm and strong. The length, from stem to stern, is 122 feet, including a short bow-sprit. She will fill a lock of the Welland Canal. Her beam is about 25 feet 10 inches; the depth of her hold, 12 feet; her tonnage, about 300 tons. In every respect she is a first class vessel. We congratulate Capt. Zealand on his very successful launch, and hope that the time may not be far distant when we shall find him repeating the experiment.
We cannot conclude without saying a word or two in praise of Mr. Archibald Robertson, the builder. Taking into consideration the small number of men employed, the work was performed with astonishing rapidity, and from an examination of her now as she floats, it will be evident to all how perfect and complete a job he has made of her. We earnestly hope that ere long he may be engaged in building another, and in the meantime all success to the HERCULES
Hamilton Evening Times
August 6, 1863