This fine vessel will register about 1100 tons. In model she is very sharp, but has great length and good buoyancy of floor, and floats most gracefully. Her sides in their swell adn sweep, are true to a hair, and her sheer, which is 30 inches, is fairly graduated fore and aft. The bow is carried up with taste, and is ornamented with a gilded eagle on the wing, which forms an excellent head, and sets her off to great advantage forward. The stem is slightly inclined, just enough to give her the clipper impress at the starting point of her lines.
Her stern is light, and arched in outline, and is ornamented with gilded carved work. She is 171 feet long on the keel, 185 on deck, and 192 over all; her extreme breadth of beam is 36 feet, and depth 22 feet, including 7 feet 10 inches height of between decks. Her dead rise at half floor is 20 inches, and rounding of sides 6 inches. She is sheathed with yellow metal up to 18½ feet forward and to 19½ aft, and is painted black outside; inside she is pearl color relieved with white. She has a topgallant forecastle; a large gouse abaft the foremast, for the crew, galley, &c., and she has two cabins, one under a half poop deck, and the other in a house before it, which forms the ante-room to that below. The after cabin is finished with mahogany and a variety of other woods, and is lined with spacious state rooms, and other apartments, all fitted up in the first style for the accommodations of passengers. The deck apartments are also finished in superior style; in a word, nothing seems wanting to render her passengers comfortable.
She is of excellent materials, built in the best style. Her frame is of seasoned white oak, copper fastened, seasoned with salt, and ventilated by all the means now in general use. Her keel is of rock maple, sided 15 and moulded 26 inches, the floor timbers on the keel are 12 by 16 inches, and she has two keelsons of 16 inches square, and one of 15 square, bolted in the most approved style, with 1¼ inch copper and iron, the copper all driven through and riveted. The floor ceiling is 4½ inches thick, and over the floor-heads she has three strakes of 12 by 14 inches, and the ceiling above is diminished to 8 inches, and continued that substance up to the deck, except a stringer of 12 by 15 inches, upon which the lower ends of the hanging knees rest. All the thick work is scarphed, and square fastened. The knees, stanchions and hooks in the hold are all of oak, closely bolted; and the stanchions are kneed above and below. She has 8 hooks forward and 5 aft, two of which, in each end, fay to the knees under the beams. The beams under the lower deck are 15 inches square, and those above 9 by 15, all of hard pine, and the lower deck is of the same material, 3½ inches thick. The upper deck is of selected white pine, 3½ inches thick, fastened with composition aft.
The between decks waterways are 15 inches square, with two strakes of 10 by 15 over them, and one of the same size inside of them, morticed over the beams, and cross bolted. The thick work above is square fastened, and bolted vertically through the waterways, and the rest of the ceiling varies from 5 to 7 inches in thickness. The knees connected with the beams of the upper deck are of hacmatack, are finely fitted, and well bolted. Her main transom is 16 inches square, and her stern, as well as the bow, is very strongly braced with hooks and knees.
Her garboards are 7 by 14 inches, the bottom planking 4 inches thick, and her wales, which are carried up smooth to the planksheer, are 5 by 7 inches, all square fastened with treenails, many of them driven through; and she is also bilge and butt bolted with copper. The planksheer and main rail are each 6 inches thick, of hard pine; the bulwark stanchions are of oak, and the height of the bulwarks, from the deck, is about 5 feet. She is well finished, and looks beautifully, inside and out.
She has two capstans, a patent windlass, Litchfield's pumps, a patent steering apparatus, an iron tank of 4000 gallons capacity, four boats, superior groundtackle, and everything else pertaining to a clipper.
She is a full-rigged ship, has made fore and main masts and bowsprit, hard pine topmasts and jibboom, and the mizzen mast is of a single spar. Her rigging, and all the materials aloft, are of the best quality, and she will spread between 7000 and 8000 yards of canvas in a single suit.
She was built at Medford, by Messrs. Hayden & Cudworth, and from the time the first blow was struck until alongside of the wharf, ready to receive cargo, was only 84 days. She is owned by William Lincoln, Esq., of this city, is commanded by Capt. Fabens, and is now lowading in Messrs. Glidden & Williams' line of San Francisco clippers. She lies at the south side of Lewis Wharf, and we advise everybody to go and see her.
Transcribed by Lars Bruzelius.
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