The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
New Orleans (Ship), 1 Sep 1847

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The Big Ship at Sackets Harbor -, The Government ship on the stocks at Sacket's Harbor, is decidedly the lion of the place. The ship, being a three-decker, 200 feet long, of 3,500 tons burthen, and pierced for 120 guns, requires, of course a large building to cover her. Flights of stairs lead through the vessel to the top of the building from which is afforded a grand and magnificant view, interspersed with land and water, taking in the noble harbor and numerous bays with which the lake shore is indented. From an external appearance, the vessel would seem to be in tolerable state of preservation, but her timbers must be considerably decayed, and the most perfect soundness would not redeem recent expenditures in repairing the building, from the character of utter waste. It would be impossible to launch her from her present position, in consequence of the change in formation of ground, and the reduced depth
of water, wrought out by that great agent of change which is constantly operating upon the face of the world - physical and moral. The progress, too, of 33 years have made the science of naval warfare, render the vessel utterly worthless for any practical purpose in the event of war. - - - Oswego Times
      Cleveland Weekly Herald
      Wednesday, September 22, 1847

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William R. McNeil
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New Orleans (Ship), 1 Sep 1847