The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
St. Catharines Evening Journal (St. Catharines, ON), April 23, 1873

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Double Launch

Commodore Shickluna, as he is justly styled by brevet, is certainly a king amongst shipbuilders. The vessels built by him have always proved staunch and seaworthy and may be found in almost every port on the lakes, the pride of their owners. Yesterday, 22nd inst., he again launched a couple of vessels which do infite credit to his establishment, and but for one trivial mishap, would have been a triumphant success. By four o'clock, the hour named for the launch, at least three thousand people assembled in the vicinity of the ship-yard, to witness the event of the day. The St.Patrick's Band were stationed on an unfinished vessel, and played their liveliest airs. Prompt on time the stays which held the propeller to land were knocked away, and the noble craft glided majestically to the element in which she is destined, it is to be hoped, to play a anoble part. Cheers were given for the craft itself, the owner, and the famous builder. The new ship is very appropriately named the Sovereign, and is a propeller of the same class as others recently built by Mr. Shickluna. The owner, S. Neelon, Esq., seems well pleased with his new venture, and well he may, for a finer looking vessel cannot be found on the lakes. Her length over all is 144 feet; breadth of beam 21 feet 2 1/2 inches; depth of hold 12 feet; 450 tons carpenter's measurement; 375 tons registers.

No sooner had the Sovereign been launched than the workmen commenced to take out the supports which held a magnificient barque built by Mr. Shickluna, for James Murray, Esq., - The bow started finely, but the stern held fast, and the launch was only partially completed. This, however, only caused a delay of a few hours, when the obstructions were removed and the vessel set afloat. The barque is named Magellan, after the famous navigator, who discovered the straits bearing his name. Her length over all is 141 feet; breadth of beam 26 feet 2 1/2 inches; depth of hold 12 feet; 450 tons carpenter's measurement; 370 tons register.

The commodore has also another vessel, of the same style and dimensions on the stocks, for the same owner. Also a propeller of fine proportions the property of a company of local capitalists. Both vessels are nearly ready for launching.*

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*These were the barkentine Manzanilla and the propeller Prussia .
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April 23, 1873
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Peter Warwick
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St. Catharines Evening Journal (St. Catharines, ON), April 23, 1873