The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Northern Advance (Barrie, ON), May 29, 1856

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Launch at Coldwater

To the Editor of the Colonist

A beautiful Schooner was safely launched from the ship yard of the Northern Village, on Wednesday last. At an early hour parties from the surrounding "clearings" began to arrive, and in the afternoon the village presented an unusually animated appearance. The adjoining Bay was tranquil, and bright as a mirror - the green banks of the Coldwater River lined with anxious visitors. At the appointed time the fair vessel (gaily decorated with her English colours) glided off in admirable style, amid the waiving of hats and handkerchiefs, and the loud cheers of the delighted spectators - receiving the patriotic name of "Sardinia"

Although she is not as large as the "Reindeer, " built on the same spot last season, and which made such a short passage to England, yet the following particulars will show her to be a good sized and well arranged vessel, well suited for our Lakes; and she certainly reflects great credit on her builders, the principal of whom, (Mr. Pidgeou) was as agreeable in his deportment as he was successful in his arrangement on this auspicious occasion.

Her length over all on deck is 104 feet

" of keel..................... 93 "

Breadth of beam....................... 23 "6in.

Depth of hold.............................. 9 "6in.

230 tons Carpenter's measurement, Will carry , say 9000 bushels of wheat. She is under the command of Captain Godsman, favourably known on Lake Ontario.

The evening of the Launch, we understand, proved to be a happy one to the artisans and others interested in the vessel, the hospitality of Mr. Pidgeon, affording them an opportunity of enjoying themselves at the "festive board."and afterwards joining in the "merry dance"where trip the "light fantastic toe" and went merry as a marriage bell"

A much larger vessel is now building under the able superintendence of Mr. Macphie, so favourably known as the builder of the ship "City of Toronto"

Although the village of Coldwater is not recognized as a port of entry "by law, " it bids fair to establish itself as one "by nature" from the fact of such fine vessels having made their first entree into the bosom of her pretty river.

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Bill Hester
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Northern Advance (Barrie, ON), May 29, 1856