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 [?].

Transcribed by Lars Bruzelius

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