Launch Of A Hamilton Vessel
The barque Cambria, built in St.Catharines by Mr. Shickluna, for Messrs. Malcolmson of this city, was launched at that place on Thursday last. The launch took place in the afternoon, and was witnessed by a large number of persons. Between three and four o'clock, all the necessary arrangements having been completed, the well-built vessel gracefully glided from the stocks amid the cheers of the spectators into the element which is to be her future home. After she had been got afloat, those who had been connected with her construction adjourned to a neighbouring building, where they celebrated the event, and drank success to the new ship and her owners. - in the evening a number of Hamilton gentlemen met at the Welland House, and were there entertained by the host, Chas Norton, Esq., in the style for which that house and its proprietor is famous.
The Cambria, the launch of which was thus celebrated, is one of the neatest vessels on the lakes, and her dimensions, capactiy, &c. are as follows:-
Length over all 142 ft. 6 in.' breadth of beam 26 ft. 2 in; depth of hold 13 ft.; tonnage 354; capacity 23,000 bushels wheat; frames 13 in. sided; 13 ½ in. moulded; top height 22 in. square; keel 22 inc. by 8 in.; ceiling keelson to bilge 3 ½ in. thick, and from the bilge to deck-beams 8 in. thick, while, in addition to the usual fastening to the frame, each plank is bolted edgeways to the other, thus forming a complete solid arch; the garboard streak is 6 in. thick, and let up in the frames 2 in., and also bolted edgeways to the keel; from garboard streak to the bilges the plank is 3 ½ in. thick; the 4-streak on bilges 5 in. thick; from bilges to wales 3 ½ in thick; and the 3-streak of wales 5 in. thick, also bolted edgeways' tie fastening outside commencing from garboard streak butt, bolted through the outside plank and ceiling and fastened with a forelock, the bilge streaks - 1 through bolt rivetted in each second frame, besides the usual spikes; the ceiling, from top to air-streak is fastened with screw bolts edgeways running the full depth, screwed up in air-streak. The Cambria is barque rigged and furnished with all the latest improvements in the way of windlass, capstan and steering gear.
The St.Catharines Journal says of the "Cambria": -
"The Cambria is owned by the Messrs,. Malcolmson, of Hamilton, a very enterprising firm of practical seamen, who will, no doubt, and as we hope, make money by their venture. She is pronounced by competent judges, to be a perfect model of naval architecture, bidding fair not only to be a fast sailor, but a staunch safe ship."