The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Watertown Daily Times (Watertown, NY), February 3, 1883

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An Old Ship Doomed

The secretary of the navy has sent a communication to the speaker of the house, reporting the list of vessels stricken from the navy register under a late act of congress, with a recommendation that the vessels be broken up or sold at auction. Among those recommended to be sold is the famous old ship at Sackets Harbor. The building of this ship commenced soon after the victory at New Orleans, and it was named in honor of that event in the winter of 1814-15. In sixty days from the time the timbers stood in the woods, the ship was advanced to its present state. On receipt of the news of peace work was ordered stopped. During its construction hundred of choppers with numerous teams and teamsters were at work in the woods, while the ship carpenters brought from the sea-board by Eckford, the great ship-builder, swarmed on the sides of the growing hull. In another thirty days it would have been finished. In its disappearance Sackets Harbor will lose a curiosity which has attracted sight-seers during a period if sixty-eight years, but possibly its demolition will improve the appearance of the beautiful harbor.

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Richard Palmer
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Watertown Daily Times (Watertown, NY), February 3, 1883