The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily Palladium (Oswego, NY), Tuesday, May 20, 1873

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The "Atlanta" - The good old times when Oswego had the reputation of building the best vessels on the lakes, would seem to be dawning upon us again, and the words "Oswego ship carpenter" are again as of old a passport to all yards, and justly entitle the bearer to work. No such canal vessels are built at any port, on the lakes, for which Milwaukee is bidding for the palm and striving with commendable zeal, yet to a practiced eye the comparison of vessels built here and at Milwaukee is favorable to our western competitors.

Oswego vessels are noted for their graceful lines, good sheer, clear run, symmetry and finish, with great carrying capacity. The high freights of last year undoubtedly stimulated shipbuilding here and placed it on its present firm base, from which we trust it may never again be driven by undue protection (!)

Yesterday afternoon, another handsome vessel was given to the waters from the stocks at Goble & Macfarlane's yard, and although no previous public notice was given, yet it became noised abroad an immense throng was in attendance to lend a shout of joy if not a helping hand. At four o'clock, the hour named, the last shore block was removed and the proud vessel, with streamers flying, was held to her birth place by slender ropes, which cut with once close stroke she descended the slipping ways with the grace of a belle, courtesied to the water, tossed it coquettiably for a moment and then settled into the bosom of her partner, with which hereafter her fortune is cast.

The people shouted with joy and the Atlanta bowed in acknowledgment, and the launch, of which nothing could be neater, was a thing of the past. The name Atlanta, after the metropolis of the "Empire State" of the South, was selected by the owner of the vessel, Thomas S. Mott, who was so well pleased with the enterprising city upon his late visit to it that he resolved to honor it with a name on our inland seas.

The Atlanta was commenced on the 4th day of February last, and only the lateness of the season preventing the builders from getting timbers when needed, held her in hand even for so short a time. She is of the best oak, well finished and fastened, and will be of the popular rig three master. The following are her dimensions: Length overall 142 feet 6 inches; beam 26 feet; depth of hold 11 feet, with a tonnage of 318 17-100 tons Custom House measurement. She is of the same moulds as the Daniel Lyons, launched from the yard in February; and has a carrying capacity of 18,500 bushels of wheat through the Welland Canal, or 22,000 bushels to Buffalo. She is fitted with wire rigging of American manufacture from Roeblings Sons, of Newark, New Jersey, which is claimed by seamen to be superior to English make.

The cabin, which is a model of beauty, and finish, is the handwork of A.H. Preston and attests that what "Archie" cannot do for a cabin is not worth doing. The painting of the hull and cabin is by P. Cullinan, and the blending of colors in the cabin shows plainly that he has an eye for the beautiful. The rooms of the captain, mates and cook are all that could be desired, for comfort and neatness, while the "galley" would please the heart of the most fastidious cook.

The Atlanta will be commanded by Capt. Samuel Morrin, late of the Havana, than whom no better man ever trod the deck of a vessel, and it will be well for the smart on es to watch his smoke, as he will lead the van. She will be sparred and fitted out immediately, and will be ready for sea the middle of next week. When she sails may she be.

?With all her bravery and tackle trim,
Sails fill'd and streamers waving,
Courted by all the winds that hold them play,
An timber scent of odorous perfume
Her harbinger.'

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Richard Palmer
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Daily Palladium (Oswego, NY), Tuesday, May 20, 1873