A new Schooner.
A new vessel is such a novelty this season that when the schooner W.H. Rounds of Buffalo, came in yesterday we felt it duty bound to board her and see whether any improvements had been made since Oswego ceased to build vessels. The Rounds is of full canal size, 142 feet 6 inches in length, 25 feet 3 inches beam, 11 feet depth of hold, is registered 380 tons; and carries 22,000 bushels through the canal in ten feet of water.
She is a three masted schooner, swings a fore topsail yard and spreads a large amount of canvas although her spars are low as compared with our fellows. Her fit out is first class in every respect and her standing rigging shows that a thorough sailor handled it. Inside and out the Rounds is smooth and shows good clean oak. Her cabin is different from those of the Oswego vessels, the kitchen being larger and an extra door opening from the captain's room on deck being supplied.
The Rounds has what we never before saw - a centerboard box without a thread of oakum in the seams. The planks are grooved in the center to the depth of an inch, and in the grooves are fitted pine tongues, thus making it utterly impossible for water to get through. She is a rather symmetrical vessel with a good run; but to our eye has not quite sheer enough aft . Captain L. Talbot, who has commanded some of the fleetest ones out of Buffalo is the "skipper" and he says he is not afraid of anything that depends upon canvas on the lakes.
The Rounds was built at Tonawanda by Parsons & Humble, well known ship builders, and is owned by the firm and Captain Talbot. She takes coal from this port to Chicago.