The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Launch Of The Empire State
St. Catharines Constitutional (St. Catharines, ON), 22 May 1862

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Launch Of The Empire State

On Saturday last [May 17], at 4 p.m., this fine vessel, which has been almost entirely rebuilt from an American keel during the past winter, at Mr. Shickluna’s shipyard, was safely launched into her native element, amid the usual rejoicings customary to such undertakings. The Captain and part owner, Mr. Cornwall, complimented Mr. Shickluna very highly on the creditable manner in which he had rebuilt this vessel, and expressed his preference for Mr. Shickluna’s work over that of U.S. builders. Mr. Thos. McSloy responded on behalf of Mr. S. Cheers were then given for all concerned, and the St. Catharines Band discoursed some of their liveliest airs. A dancing party was afterwards formed at the office, and kept up the spirit for some little time, as a pleasant way of winding up a successful undertaking. The dimensions of the Empire State are as large as the Canal Locks will admit of, and she is rigged in the most substantial manner, as a fore and aft schooner.

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22 May 1862
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.1526603312662 Longitude: -79.2483783703613
Peter Warwick
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Launch Of The Empire State