The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Commercial Advertiser (Oswego, NY), Aug. 17, 1872

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The new Schooner Nassau

This new and splendid schooner was launched from the yard of Goble and Marfarlane, the enterprising ship builders, on Thursday afternoon, witnessed by a large concourse of admiring spectators. So many errors crept in to the minutes of our reporter, whose statement we gave yesterday, that we feel it due to the builders and owners, to refer to the subject briefly again.

The Nassua is owned by T. S. Mott Esq., of this city, and increases his fleet of first class lake craft to five schooners, and makes the ninth of this class of vessels built by the same firm for Mr. Mott.


Length over all, 143 feet; breadth of beam 26 feet; depth of hold 11 feet; capacity 19,000 bushels of wheat through the Welland Canal, at 10 feet draft and without lightening 22,500 bushels to Buffalo; Custom House register 315 2-10 tons; she will carry 3,200 bbls. Of salt under deck. Her centerboard is two feet longer and 1 inch thicker than is customary in schooners of her class. She is a fore and after, and will be fitted out with wire rigging, Coffin & Woodward's new patent steerer, and three of Brockenshire's double pumps. Her cabin is spacious and contains a dining room, kitchen, captain's room, two mate's room cook's room, closet, and washroom. She has a raised deck from aft to forward of the main hatch, in this respect resembling the "Madeira.: The keel of the Nassau was laid on the 15th of May, and of course she has been just three months upon the stocks. In ten days more she will be ready for sea. This despatch is characteristic of her enterprising builders.

This firm will now put upon the stocks the schooner W.I. Preston, for thorough repairs. This job completed, they will lay the keel of another first class schooner, to be completed this fall, to be followed by another during the winter, to be completed at the opening of lake navigation, next spring.

The Nassau has cost her owners $24,000, and will be commanded by Capt. John Moulther, who was formerly captain of the J. T. Mott , a true sailor and a gentleman of ability.

In the evening after the launch, her owner furnished a splendid entertainment to the builders- Goble & Mcfarlane and their men, at the Oswego Hotel. About seventy-five persons sat down to tables laden with substantial dishes and all seasonable fruits in the bountiful manner peculiar to that far-famed hose Mr. Ashley. A couple of hours were passed in eating and drinking, speeches and toast, and the company separated at a reasonable hour, all expressing the greatest gratification and satisfaction with the pleasant social affair.

The building of the Nassau was commenced by Messrs. Mcfarlane and Page immediately after the launching of the tug "Alanson Page," which has attracted so much attention at home and abroad. The beauty of model, and finish of this fine tug is universally admired, and in this respect she is fully the equal, if not superior to the best of the Upper Lake or Detroit River tugs of her class.

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Richard Palmer
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Commercial Advertiser (Oswego, NY), Aug. 17, 1872