The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Monday, June 22, 1857

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The Launch on Saturday. - Pursuant to notice, Mr. James A. Baker launched his new and beautiful clipper schooner from the Marine Railway on Saturday forenoon. The day was beautiful, and a large number of persons, including a fair proportion of ladies were on board as she glided into her element. Capt. Stone's fine band was also on board, and as she moved gently down the ways, a fine air was played, and the bunting at her mast head was unfurled displaying the name of Minnehaha.

"They have named her from the river,
From the water fall they named her,
Minnehaha, laughing water."

A name perculiarly adapted to the beantiful proportions of the vessel. The tug then took her in tow, and proceeded on an excursion into the lake, with music playing and colors flying. She sets beautifully on the water and her model shows her off to fine advantage. After a pleasant ride on the bosom of Old Ontario of a couple of hours, she returned with her large and delighted company to the harbor.

The Minnehaha is rated, as we said yesterday, bu the Certificate of the Lake Association of Underwriters, as an "A 1" vessel, being the highest standard given, and she is the first vessel built on this Lake that has received so high an estimate, unless it has been done this season. This, of itself, is sufficient commendation of her merits.

She measures 125 feet on deck, 25 feet 6 inches breadth of beam, and 10 feet 6 inches hold, and is about 350 tons burthen. She has all the latest improvements and fastenings to render her thoroughly staunch and perfect. She has Hunt's Patent Steerer, Talcott & Underhill's patent Capstan and winch, and patent windlass; and is extra clamped and fastened, with hanging knees, butt-bolted, &c. She was constructed under the supervision of Mr. James Navaugh, Mr. Baker's foreman, who has few superiors any where as a skillful and accomplished shipbuilder; and wherever she shows her beautiful lines, cannot fail to commend herself to the admiration of nautical critics.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Monday, June 22, 1857