The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily Palladium (Oswego, NY), Tuesday, Feb. 4, 1873

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The Launch Of The New Schooner Daniel Lyons. - The launch of a schooner is of more than ordinary importance, even in summer, when all our energies are taxed to the utmost; but in winter, midwinter when everything is at a stand-still and Oswego is asleep or recuperating, the introduction of another bride of white winged commerce to the element which receives her for better or for worse, for weal or woe, should be hailed with joy by our people, as a sign of returning to the good old time when America built ships for every nation, and its mechanics found plenty at home.

Yesterday afternoon at 4:45 another ship was given to the sea, from Goble & Macfarlane's yard, a firm, symmetrical craft first class in all respects and one that reflects credit upon the "yard" and the workmen that have wrought upon her. The launch was put down for three o'clock, but the blocks in the dry dock delayed until fifteen minutes to five, when everything being in readiness.

"And at the word,
Loud and sudden there was heard,
All around them and below,
Knocking away the shores and spurs.
And see! she stirs!
She starts, -she moves, - she seems to feel
The feel of life along her keel,
And spurning with her foot the ground,
With one exalting joyous bound,
She leaps into the ocean's arms!
And lo! from the assembled crowd
There rose a shout prolonged and loud,
That to the ocean seemed to say,
?Take her, bridegroom, old and gray,
Take her to thy protecting arms,
With all her youth and all her charms.'"

As she leaped from the ways the bunting unfurled, the bottle broken on her stem, and the Daniel Lyons was afloat. The launch was a success in every particular, nothing occurring to mar the hopes of the builders and owners, nor the pleasure of the assembled multitude.

The dimensions of the new schooner are as follows: Length over all 146 feet 6 inches; beam 26 feet, and depth of hold 11 feet. She is of the same mould and will be finished as the Nassau and Madeira, with the exception of the spars, the Daniel Lyons being a three masted fore and after. The Daniel Lyons is the first three master of the fore and aft rig ever launched in Oswego. She will cost, when ready for sea, about $27,000, and will rate "A 1" for five years. As yet she has not been registered, but probably will measure, Custom House measurement, the same as the Nassau. The Lyons is owned by Messrs. Goble and Lyons, two of the most enterprising citizens, carvers of their own fortunes.

Captain John Blackburn, formerly of the West Side, will command the Daniel Lyons, and if there is speed in her he will bring it out. He is a competent navigator, well liked by business men and seamen, attentive to his trust, and not given to waiting for a fair wind.

We wish the builders of the Daniel Lyons prosperity, the owners high freights and the captain and vessel fair winds and plenty of sea room.

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Richard Palmer
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Daily Palladium (Oswego, NY), Tuesday, Feb. 4, 1873