This is a beautiful vessel of 676 tons register, with finely formed ends, a long floor, and graceful sheer, [sic] She has a carved and gilded head, with ornamental work along the trail-boards and around the navel-hoods; and upon her stern an arch, which is also carved and gilded; and her name and port of hail, in gilded letters, are carved into the arch-board. She is coppered up to 18 feet forward and to 19 aft; the rest of her hull is painted black. Her name, in gilded letters, also ornaments the head-boards and quarter-rails.
She is 152½ feet long on deck, and 161 feet over alls her extreme breadth of beam is 32½ feet, depth of hold 21 feet 9 inches, including 7½ feet height of between-decks; dead rise at half floor 15 inches; swell, or rounding of sides, 6 inches, and sheer 2 feet. Her frame is of white oak, and of the same material are all her hooks, pointers and stanchions, and also the knees in the hold. Her keel is 15 by 22 inches; keelsons, combined, 16 by 32; and floor timbers on the keel 16 by 12. The ceiling on the floor is of oak, 4 inches thick; on the bilge there are 3 strakes of 9½ inches thickness, 3 of eight inches, 5 of 7 inches, and under the hanging knees a strake of 9½ by 12; and the clamps are from 6 to 7 inches in thickness. The between-decks waterways are 15 by 16, with a strake over them of 9½ by 14, and inside of them another strake of 12 inches square; the ceiling is 6 inches thick up to the deck, and the upper-deck waterways are 10 by 13 inches. Her main rail and planksheer are each 6 inches thick, and her decks 3½ -- the lower one of hard pine, and the upper one of white pine. She has 9 hooks forward and 5 aft; and throughout she is square fastened, and all her thick work is scarphed. the beams are 15 by 16 inches, and 9 by 15; and under both decks, are well secured with hanging and lodging knees.
Her bottom plank is 4 inches, the wales 5½, and the waist 4; and all her treenails, bilge, and butt-bolts have been driven with great care, and make a good finish.
She has a beautiful cabin, which contains six staterooms, the pantry, &c., is wainscotted with plain, branch mahogany, relieved with rosewood pilasters, edged with gilding, and is splendidly furnished.
The galley and accommodations for the crew are in a large house amidships, before the main hatchway. Her bulwarks are four feet high, with a monkey-rail of 15 inches, and her deck room is spacious and well-arranged. She has a half-poop deck, with a house in front, a beautiful capstan, a patent windlass, and all the other details of a perfect ship. Inside she is painted buff color, relieved with white.
She has a noble set of spars, and looks splendidly aloft. Wm. Perkins, Esq., and Capt. Israel Whitney own her. Capt. Jenkins commands her; and she was built at Medford, by Mr. Paul Curtis. She cleared yesterday, in Messrs. Glidden & Williams' line of San Francisco clippers, and will sail first fair wind. In materials, fastening, ventilation, and equipment, she is not surpassed by any vessel of her size; and in beauty of model and neatness of workmanship, she fills the eye "to a charm." Messrs. Glidden & Williams are now loading the fine ship Samoset for San Francisco, with their usual despatch.
Transcribed by Lars Bruzelius.
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