The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Friday, Aug. 16, 1872

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THE LAUNCH OF THE NASSAU. - Yesterday afternoon hundreds of men, women and children wended their way to the ship yard of Goble & Macfarlane to witness the launch of the new schooner, built for T.S. Mott, and arriving there formed in groups, some descanting on the "lines" of the new craft, and others of the time when the ship yards of Oswego turned out twelve vessels a year.

The new schooner made a handsome appearance, dressed out in pure white, with red and green stripes, while from her decks floated from temporary flag staves the burgee "Nassau," the American ensign, and the private signal "M."

There is a pleasure in attending a launch at Goble & Macfarlane's, for four o'clock means four, and at two minutes to that hour the last "shore" is knocked out, men with sharp broad axes stand ready to cut the last link, and just as the hour hand pricks four the ropes ae cut, the nassau moves slowly, increasing the pace as she advances till she leaps from the ways to the element with which she is to battle for weal or woe. There is a grace in a launch, when a handsome craft glides with steady motion to the end of the ways and then swoops with pride the water, and dashes in with scorn, sending it far away until it is lost in itself.

The builders and owners of the Nassau may well be proud of her, as she will compare favorably with anything on the lakes, in beauty and carrying. The following are her dimensions: Length 143 feet, beam 16 feet, depth of hold 11 feet. She measures 315 2/10 tons Custom House measurement, and has a carrying capacity through the Welland Canal of about 19,000 bushels of wheat in 10 feet of water, of 22,500 bushels to Buffalo, while she can stow under decks 3,200 barrels of salt.

She will be fore and aft rig with wire shrouds and stays, and will be furnished with Coffin & Woodward's new patent steerer, three Brokenshire ship pumps (double). The centre board is 2 feet longer and one inch thicker than those in use in canal vessels, and with this greater length giving a better hold upon the water the Nassau will trouble the fast ones when "by the wind."

The cabin is large, airy and commodious, having a dining room, kitchen, captain's room, rooms for two mates and the cook, lockers and a large water closet and wash room. Aft she has a raised deck, extending forward of the main hatch, the same as the Madeira. She is built in the most substantial manner and classes "A 1." One thing which will strike the eye of all the marine architects is the nicely rounded quarter, which gives her the appearance of a clean stern.

The Nassau was commenced may 15th, and was just three months in construction. She will be ready for sea in about 10 days, and will then try conclusions with the last of them plying between this port and Chicago. She will cost ready for sea about $24,000. The commander of the new craft is Capt. J.R. Moulther, a whole souled sailor, a competent navigator, and one who believes that vessels were made to sail, not lie at the dock. He is ably seconded by his first officer, Mr. Frost, who has plowed salt brine.

Goble & Macfarlane have built for Mr. Mott nine vessels in all, more than were ever built in this city for any other one man. The fleet of vessels now owned by Mr. Mott consists of five schooners, viz: Florida, Havana, John T. Mott, Henry Fitzhugh and Nassau.

Mr. Mott, to show his appreciation of Oswego mechanics, invited the builders and their men to a bountiful repast, served up in grand style at the Oswego Hotel, where a pleasant hour was spent in toasting the owner, the vessel, the builders and the captain. It was voted that mine host Ashley did himself proud in the spread.

We would unite with the mechanics in the wish that this is not the last vessel to be built for Mr. Mott, and hope that this one may have fair winds, good freights and a good old age.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Friday, Aug. 16, 1872