The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), Sat., July 25, 1863

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New Vessel. - A new vessel will be launched from the ship-yard of George Goble, Esq., on Monday forenoon next, which for symmetry and staunchness of build will compare favorably with any sailing craft on our inland waters. She is named "Senator Blood," and will be a valuable addition to our mercantile marine. We yesterday took occasion to pass through her, and as far as our knowledge of marine matters extends, could not see any thing lacking which would contribute to her beauty as a model of her stability as a mercantile craft.

The dimensions of the Senator Blood are as follows: Length of keel, 125 feet; breadth of beam, 26 feet; depth of hold, 10 feet 2 inches. She is 350 tons burthen, and is designed to carry 16,000 bushels of wheat through the Welland Canal. She is owned by Messrs. Blood, Bond & Ford, the former gentleman a resident of Ballston Spa, the two latter of this city. Each of the above gentlemen own a third of the vessel.

The cabin of the Blood is built with a view to combine elegance and convenience. Though not yet completed it is sufficiently plain that the workmanship of her cabin is of superior order. It is dissimilar to most cabins, being termed a half-quarter deck cabin with trunk. The main room is spacious, with paneled wood work, which we believe will be grained in imitation of oak. A guilt moulding will lend additional beauty to the appearance of the workmanship. The Captain's room is large, as also are the state-rooms of the other officers.

All the appurtenances of the Blood are of the very best description. She will be furnished with the "Boston Steering Apparatus" as also with a "Boston Capstan," of :Coffin's Patent" of which, we are informed, there are but two or three in use on the lakes. The cost of the Senator Blood will be about $19,000. It is supposed she will be ready to receive a cargo in about ten days.

One of her proprietors, O.M. Bond, Esq., we understand, had tendered the use of her to the Baptist Church on Saturday next, on which day that church proposes an excursion to Sodus. She will then make her advent on the lake crowded with a joyous party.

Captain G.A. Ford, one of the owners, is an experienced mariner, and will command this new craft. He expresses the belief that she will not be outsailed by any vessel on the lakes, and, as she has stout spars and is to be furnished with cotton canvas of the best quality, he will test her sailing qualities to its utmost capacity.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), Sat., July 25, 1863