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Launch of the Leadville
Oswego Morning Herald (Oswego, NY), 3 Jul 1879

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A Fine Schooner - The Vessels Goble & Macfarlane Built

Yesterday afternoon at precisely 4 o'clock the lanyards which held the new schooner Leadville fast to the ways in Goble & Macfarlane's ship-yard wee cut, and the large and stately craft steadily but speedily started for the element with which she is to battle. The instant the schooner started the immense crowd, not less than one thousand people, set up a cheer, which echoed and re-echoed.

The schooner appeared to recognize the shouts of joy, and when she touched the water she bowed low in appreciation of the honor, and proudly flung the water aside as though it were a plaything for her to dally with. The launch was one of the most successful ever seen, and reflect much credit upon the builders.

The Leadville, which was built by Messrs. Goble & Macfarlane, for Mr. Michael J. Cummings, was commenced on the 19th of March, when her keel was laid, and she ranks in beauty, style and finish with any craft ever launched at this port. She would have been finished a month ago had it not been for a scarcity of timber, but if freights hold as they now are her advent was soon enough.

Her dimensions are: Length, 142 feet 6 inches; beam, 26 feet 3 inches; depth of hold in the shoalest place, 12 feet, and at the forward hatch, 13 feet 4 inches. She has not been measured as yet, so we cannot give her tonnage, but she will carry not far from 770 tons. Her load will be 20,000 bushels to Buffalo. She will be a three and after and will spread 9,357 square feet or 1,079 2/3 yards of canvas.

Her foremast will be 86 feet in length, her mainmast 88 feet, and her mizzenmast 76 feet. Her fore and main-top masts will be 60 feet in length and the little spar aft on the house will have a topmast of 50 feet. Her cabin is 21x18, and is large, commodious and built with an eye for comfort.

She will be fitted out immediately and will be commanded by Captain Daniel Hourigan, of this city, formerly of the mammoth schooner H.W. Sage, with Mr.Frank Williams as first mate. That she is strong and staunch is not gainsayed by anyone. We wish her abundant success, and trust that fortune may smile on her so pleasantly that the plucky owner may have a mate on the stocks before winter.

To show what Messrs. Goble & Macfarlane have done for commerce we herewith give the list of vessels they have constructed. Before the firm was made Mr. George Goble built the bark Great West and schooners Syracuse, Titan, William Sanderson, Bermuda, W.I. Preston, George Goble, T.S. Mott, Senator Blood, James Platt, Montana, Bahama, Knight Templar, and tug F.D. Wheeler.

After the firm became Goble & Macfarlane the following were built: Henry Fitzhugh. Olive Branch, G.C. Finney, Jamaica, Nevada, Florida, Guiding Start, John T. Mott, West Side, Madeira, tug Alanson Sumner, schooners Nassau, Daniel Lyons, Atlanta, Sam Cook, M.J. Cummings, J. Maria Scott, Fascination and Leadville. The total Custom House measurement of the craft built is 9,375 tons, but the carrying capacity is 19,343 tons.

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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.45535 Longitude: -76.5105
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Launch of the Leadville