The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Thur., Nov. 19, 1863

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On Wednesday afternoon, a vessel just completed for the Detroit & Liverpool trade, by M. Stewart McDonald, at his ship yard, in this city, was launched. It had been arranged to have the launch take place on Saturday last, but owing to the inclement weather, the event did not occur. Wednesday afternoon, however, all being in readiness, the vessel glided off the ways into her element, "like a thing of life," amid the cheers of the multitude. The delicate duty of christening the ship was entrusted to the niece of Mr. McDonald, who named her the Mojave, after a tribe of Indians of that name.

The Mojave is a staunch barque of about 400 tons, Custom House measurement, her extreme length from stem to stern being 142 feet. The length of her keel is 139 feet; her breadth of beam 26 feet 2½ inches, and her depth of hold is 12 feet. Her bulwarks, which are of more than ordinary height, are furnished with a monkey rail, which heightens them considerably. She is furnished throughout with all the improvements that mechanical skill could contrive to make her both strong and seaworthy. Her cabin accommodations are of an elaborate description, and, when fully equipped, the Mojave will be one of the most complete of the kind afloat. Her model is exquisitely beautiful, and the general appearance throughout gives assurance that she will be a fast sailer. She will be commanded by Capt. D. N. Mallott,* late of the bark Ravenna, an experienced navigator and a thorough "jack tar." We wish her enterprising owner success in navigating our inland seas.

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I don't believe she ever sailed to Europe. She was operating on the lakes in the summer of '64 and was heavily damaged in a stranding on Skillagallee in late June.
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Thur., Nov. 19, 1863
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Dave Swayze
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Thur., Nov. 19, 1863