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The New Schooner Daniel G. Fort - A Model Vessel
Oswego Advertiser & Times (Oswego, NY), 7 Jun 1869

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The New Schooner Daniel G. Fort - A Model Vessel. - We notice a few days ago the arrival of a new vessel, built at Tonawanda by Messrs. Parsons & Humble, and after a careful examination we fine her to be one of the best, if not the very best vessel of her size we have on the lakes. She is built of the best second growth white oak, and the planking and ceiling averaging 44 feet in length, the ceiling scarfed and edge bolted from lower turn of bilge to the gunwale. Between every frame the clamps are hook scarfed about 8 feet, with 4 edge bolts in each, two streaks of sheef pieces 38 inches wide edge bolted through each timber with 7-8 iron, hanging ones to each alternate beam bolted from the outside.

All her fastenings from the lower turn of bilge to top height, are bored and driven from the outside. Her main keelson and centerboard case are "A 1," both in material and workmanship, and are fastened in a most thorough manner. The deck frame is a perfect one, the stanchions being the same breadth as beams, are iron strapped over each beam, and kneed to keelson, She is most thoroughly salted fore and aft, from dead wood to top height.

Another feature about this vessel, and which the builders claim as a great improvement, is an air chamber from below salt-stop out under he deck, giving a perfect ventilation between every frame of the vessel, and altogether preventing what is known as blowing bilge water through the seams of the ceiling. Her cabin is finished with black walnut and oak and is very handsomely fitted up. The standing rigging is of the best galvanized charcoal wire, extra heavy. The blocks are all patent iron strapped, and of extra size and the of the best make Canvas of No. 1 Woodbury duck.

She carries a squaresail and raffie. We noticed on deck a patent winch, manufactured by Farrar, Trefts & Knight, of the Hammond & Pennock's patent, which is allowed by those who have them to be the best in use. In reference to her classing, it is only necessary to state that she is on the AEtna's and Security insurance company's books at lower rates than anything that sails on the lakes the company's agents having watched her while in course of construction, and claim that for quality of material, manner of construction fastening, workmanship and completeness of outfit, she is not surpassed by anything on the chain of lakes, and is deserving of the highest grade of classification.

Her standing rigging, running-gear and entire fit-out were furnished by Newman, Vosburgh and Baker, of this city; the sails by Messrs. Franklin & Rand; the blacksmithing was done by Daniel McNaughton. She is named Daniel G. Fort, in honor of a prominent and much esteemed citizen of Oswego. Capt. M.M. Holland, of Sacket's Harbor, sails her. The builders, S.V. Parsons and John Humble, are her owners. she is intended for lower lake trade, and is built full size of the locks. She cleared this port on Thursday, for Milwaukee, with 457 tons of railroad iron, and drew only 9 feet 6 inches of water. - Buffalo Courier. *

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*Dimensions - 137' x 26'3" x 12' (US 6627). Wrecked at Oswego,Nov. 27, 1894.
Date of Publication:
7 Jun 1869
Personal Name(s):
McNaughton, Daniel ; Holland, M. M. ; Parsons, S. V. ; Humble, John
Corporate Name(s):
Parsons & Humble ; Farrar, Trefts & Knight ; Newman, Vosburgh and Baker ; Franklin & Rand
Richard Palmer
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.8778965742043 Longitude: -78.8838631640625
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The New Schooner Daniel G. Fort - A Model Vessel