HO!is the name of Messrs. Sampson & Tappan's beautiful new clipper ship, which will be launched this week from Mr. McKay's yard in East Boston. She is about 210 feet long, 40 wide and 22½ deep, and will register between 15 and 1600 tons. Her ends are long and very sharp, her lines slightly concave up to the wales, but convex above, to correspond with the curved outline of the rail, and her floor extends nearly her whole length, and has an excellent holding-on angle, with large surface, which will render her both buoyant and swift. The outline of her model is most perfect in all its parts. Every line and moulding, from stem to stern, corresponds and forms a beautiful whole. A glance at her on the stocks, even obscured as she is by staging and shores, would impress any sailor with the idea of her being a glorious model for speed. Indeed, it seems hardly possible for even the most fastidious in nautical affairs, to suggest an alteration in her. She is timbered around the stern, which is slightly elliptical, and is most beautifully formed from the line of the planksheer. All her accommodations are on the upper deck, leaving below clear for the stowage of cargo, and still she has spacious deck room for working ship. Built of oak and copper fastened, and sheathed with yellow metal, she is staunch and good, as she is unquestionably beautiful. Messrs. Glidden & Williams, with their usual punctuality, which has long since passed into a proverb, will load her; and she will be commanded by Capt. Nickels, one of the best sailors afloat. We advice out nautical friends, or those who wish to see a most beautiful ship, to inspect her on the stocks. When she is completed we will endeavor to give a sketch of her in words; but we feel confident that bare words, however well applied, cannot do her justice. To be appreciated she must be seen.
Transcribed by Lars Bruzelius.
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