The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), April 11, 1859

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Miniature Ship. - Geo. A. Ford, Esq., has just finished a miniature ship, which excels anything of the kind ever attempted in this vicinity. The vessel is built on the clipper plan, is sixteen inches in length, and is framed, he same as a large ship. Her frame and timbers are of oak, as well as her planks, which were steamed and fitted to their place most beautifully and strong, and held there by bolts considerably smaller than pins, of which there are several thousand in her sides and deck.

Everything from the kelson to the truck is in complete order and proportion. The workmanship displayed on the hull can only be equaled by that shown on the fixtures and rigging. Miniature boats, oars, capstans, bell, &c., &c., are on her deck, as perfect and beautiful as can be imagined, and to "cap the climax" thee is a compass, the size of the smallest shirt button, which works as true as one on a larger scale.

The blocks, of which there are upwards of two hundred, are made of ivory, the smallest of which are less than a pin's head, and rove with human hair. All the rigging found on a full-rigged ship is here displayed, perfect in working order, and belayed and fastened in its proper place. On the whole this is a splendid piece of mechanism, and is well worth an inspection.

We can imagine how a small vessel can be built out of solid pine, or dug out and rigged beautifully, but how a man can on the first trial, frame, plank and rig a ship of this size, persevering throughout the utmost symmetry and proportion, is beyond our comprehension. Capt. Ford must be a cross between Tubal, Cain and Job. The "Clipper Queen" can be seen at the store of A.R. Ford, Esq.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), April 11, 1859