The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 25 Apr, 1871

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THE LAUNCH AT PORT HURON. - The launch of Captain Parker's new vessel at Port Huron, from Messrs. Muir & Livingston's shipyard, took place on Saturday last, at the appointed time. She glided beautifully in the water and was christened the James Couch, in honor of a prominent Chicago gentleman. As it is already known, this vessel is of mammoth proportions. A brief description of her construction has been forwarded to us by Mr. Livingston of the above firm: Her length is two-hundred and ten feet keel, thirty-five feet beam and fourteen feet depth of hole [sic] in the shoalest place; size of frames fourteen inches, which are place twenty-one inches center to center; bottom plank four and a half inches and top sides four and a quarter inches; deck plank three inches; keel sided fifteen inches; keel-moulded twelve inches. Her floors are sided thirteen and a half inches with main and rider keelsons sided and moulded sixteen inches; beams moulded at center, twelve inches; under each beam are wrought-iron hanging knees, weighing thirty pounds, the cost of these alone being $2,500. Her bilge streaks [sic] are nine inches and ceiling from bilge clamps from six to seven inches; deck clamps eight inches; depth of shelf-piece twenty-six by nine inches. She is bolted through and through and well fastened. Outside her frames she is surrounded by heavy wrought-iron straps from forward to aft, and in short the material throughout has been the choicest and most select. She will have three masts and has eight hatchways. A new feature is that of lee boards in the room of the centerboard, which are supported in their positions by wrought-iron rods four inches in diameter. Her model is faultless. Her commander is Captain Charles Elphicke. The Couch sails Wednesday, to-morrow evening, for Bay City, where she takes on lumber for Chicago as her first cargo.

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This article containing a wealth of shipbuilding jargondescribes the launch of the large 3-master JAMES COUCH (later TASMANA) in 1871. She was probably the largest free-sailing schooner on the lakes when built.   
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25 Apr, 1871
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Dave Swayze
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 25 Apr, 1871