The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Democratic Free Press (Detroit, MI), December 15, 1843

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THE IRON STEAM FRIGATE was launched at Erie on the 5th inst. The Gazette, at that place, says:

An attempt to launch was made on the evening previous, but it was no go. In order to prevent the vessel from plunging to the bottom and receiving injury, her bow, which lay from the water, was dropped so low that she could not be moved. On Thursday it was raised, and she slipped into her destined element gracefully, and without receiving any injury. She draws 5 feet 10 inches as she now is, without any of her timbers, machinery, or equipments. This is about 8 inches short of her anticipated draught. When ready for service, it is expected she will draw about 8 feet of water. Her model is the praise and admiration of experienced mariners, and if she don't run a swift race, and buffet the rolling billows dexterously, we shall miss our guess. Her dimensions and properties are as follows:

Length of keel156feet,4inches
Length on deck,167" 6 "
Length over all,176"6 "
Breadth of beam,27"
Breadth over guards,45"10"
Depth of hold,12"

Height from top of keel to top of rail, 17 feet, 10 inches. The hull is entirely of iron, except the gun deck; there are four water tight bulkheads athwartship for the greater security of the vessel against rocking; four keelsons for the engine frames to rest on, besides the main keelson, which is seventeen inches deep. The wheelhouses and guards are entirely of iron. She will be schooner rigged, and have three masts, and can carry sixteen guns, although her present armament will comprise but two 64 Paixhan guns and four 32 pound carronades. This vessel will probably be ready for service upon the opening of navigation next spring.

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Democratic Free Press (Detroit, MI), December 15, 1843