The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Rochester Union & Advertiser (Rochester, NY), June 29, 1870

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Successful Launch of Capt. Rogers' New Schooner. - This beautiful craft, after some delay with the assistance of the steam tug Molly Spencer, glided gracefully into her natural element, at Charlotte, yesterday, and three o'clock. The moment she touched the water our townsman, Hon. Thomas Parsons, broke the customary bottle on her bowsprit, then christening her the "P. Rogers." Having been moored across the river and fastened to the dock, Mr. Parsons said:

Ladies and Gentlemen: I have a few words to address to Capt. Rogers, in behalf of the citizens of Rochester. I congratulate you on the successful launch of this new and beautiful schooner. that it is beautiful in model and exterior, no one looking upon her can deny. I hesitate not in making the assertion, as I view her from stem to stern, from gunwale to gunwale, and from her keel to the top of her mast, that this vessel excels all others previously built by you.

The timber and plank of which she is built less than a year ago stood growing as sturdy oaks in the forests of our own Genesee, and the two beautiful masts in her were majestic pines towering above their companions in the pine forests of Canada. They were sought, found and brought hundreds of miles for the purpose to which they are applied. And this vessel is eminently worthy of yourself.

To Captain Hardison I would say, you may feel proud of your mechanism in producing such a master-piece of work, and you are justly entitled to the highest praise that can be bestowed upon any master-builder.

This craft cannot be exceeded for strength and durability. there is no patchwork about her; you have faithfully performed the responsible duties of your position, and will receive praise from all who are judges of ship-building.

To Capt. Harry, who is to command this vessel, I would say that I have naught against him, but would ask him why it is that when we have a new schooner built here he should steal her away from us; (this being the sixth time that we have been treated in the same way); but he is a first-rate captain and has safely sailed them all through the blue waters of our lakes. In my imagination I can see him, as he passes by the other craft upon the lakes, pointing up to the colors of his own vessel, and through his trumpet hailing their commanders with the words, "don't you wish you could come it," or in other words, "wouldn't you like to be in my place."

Ladies and Gentlemen:- Captain Rogers commenced building vessels in the year 1847, having built up to this time a fleet of thirteen. Their names are as follows: E.C. Williams, Daniel Webster, City of Rochester, Oliver Culver, Joseph Cochrane, H.S. Fairchild, Tarry-not, A.J. Rogers, Geo. J. Whitney, Thomas Parsons, and the one just launched, P. Rogers. In view of their superiority over all other vessels of their class, Rochester may justly feel proud of this combined fleet, and to Captain Rogers is due all our thanks. I therefore propose that we give him three cheers.

The cheers having been heartily given, Mr. Parsons concluded by saying that Capt. Rogers had informed him that this would in all probability be the last vessel ever built by himself, and before closing my remarks let me thank Capt. Rogers for the honor which he conferred upon me in permitting me to choose the name of this beautiful schooner. In my choice I took into consideration the fact of this being the last one built by him, and therefore chose the name of his own estimable lady, Polly Rogers. May this vessel prove a rich pecuniary reward to her owner and never fail to reach port in a storm, undamaged and without loss of life.

Cheers were then given and the ceremonies ended.

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Richard Palmer
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Rochester Union & Advertiser (Rochester, NY), June 29, 1870