LAUNCH OF A MAGNIFICENT CLIPPER.—Last week there was launched, from the
building yard of Messrs A. Hall and Sons, a splendid clipper ship, named the
Cairngorm. The vessel, owning to the extreme sharpness of her bottom,
was launched on a cradle yesterday week, when there was not sufficient water
to float her off; it was then deemed necessary to remove the cradle, and on
Saturday the launch was accomplished, to the entire satisfaction of all
concerned, and she was floated into the Victoria Dock to receive her
equipments. The dimensions of the Cairngorm are — length, 200
feet between perpendiculars; extreme breadth, 36½ feet; depth of hold,
20½ feet. Her tonnage is 1250 om, or 980 nm. Messers Jardine, Mathison,
and Co., China merchants, are the owners; and the vessel is built expressly
for the China trade. She will be commanded by Captain John Robertson, whose
services, first in the John O'Gaunt, and more recently in the
Stornoway, are well known. In the latter vessel he has, for the last
two years, successfully run the race of competition in carrying the first of
the new teas from China to this country. The Cairngorm is, we believe,
the largest sailing vessel ever before built in Scotland; and is certainly
about the finest. Her sailing qualities, we are confident, will prove of the
very first order, and in carrying power there is every reason to believe she
will be equally capable. The Cairngorm lies at Waterloo Quay, and is
well worth seeing, as an admirable model of a vessel combining immense size
with great elegance of appearance.
Aberdeen Journal, 1853 January [?].
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