This truly beautiful vessel is 186½ feet long on the keel, 198 feet between perpendiculars on deck, and 205 feet over all, from the knight heads to the taffrail; has 36½ feet extreme breadth of beam, 23 feet depth of hold, including 8 feet height of between decks, and registers 1200 tons. She has very long and sharp ends, particularly the bow, and her lines are decidedly concave forward and aft; but above the load displacement line her model is convex forward. her cutwater springs boldly out, and curves up under the bowsprit without a head, but is ornamented with gilded branches. Her stern is nearly semicircular inoutline, is very neat and light, and is ornamented with a gilded eagle on the wing, and otheer fancy work. She has 14 inches dead rise at half floor, 10 inches rounding of sides, and 4 feet sheer. The sheer is graduated her whole length, and rises nearly alike at both ends. She is planked flush to the covering board, and every line and moulding along her uppper works is continued parallel fore and aft. She is yellow metalled up to 19 feet forward and to 20 aft, and is painted black above it; inside she is buff color relieved with white. Her bulwarks are 4 feet high, and the monkey rail about 16 inches.
All her accommodations are on the upper deck, and consists of splendid cabins, built into a half poop deck, and a large house for the crew, galley, &c., abaft the foremast. Her cabins have spacious state-rooms, are elegantly finsihed and furnished, and well adapted for the accommodation of passengers.
The ship herself is one of the strongest vessels of her size belonging to this port. All her frames, hooks, stanchions, and hold knees are of selected white oak, and her deck frames and scantling are of hard pine. Her keel is sided 16 inches, and moulded 27, and all its scarphs are 12 feet long, bolted with copper; the floor timbers on the keel are 12 by 17 inches, and she has 3 depths of keelsons, each 15 inches square, bolted through the timbers and the keel with copper and iron -- the copper driven through and rivetted. The frame before ceiling was diagonally cross-braced with iron, which extends from the floor heads to the upper deck clamp.
These braces were bolted through every frame, and rivetted together at every intersection between the frames, thus forming a net work of iron fore and aft. The floor ceiling is 4½ inches thick, and the thickwork over the floor heads commences at 10 inches thickness, and continues this substance over her whole bilge, and is graduated down to 8 inches, and continues that size up to the lower deck. The lower deck beams are 16 inches square, and those under the upper deck are 9 by 16; and the knees connected with both sets are very stout and strongly bolted. In a word, the ship is square fastened both inside and outside. the between decks waterways are 16 inches square, and have two thick strakes over them and one inside, the whole bolted vertically and horizontally. Her between decks ceiling is 6 inches thick, and is finished smooth as joiner work. Her ends are securly spanned by massive hooks and pointers, of which she has 9 forward and 7 aft, including the deck-hooks.
Her upper deck waterways are 12 by 14 inches, and the plankshher and main rail are 6 inches thick. The garboards are 7 inches thick, the next strake 6, the third 5, which is champered off to 4½ inches, the substance of her bottom planking. The wales are 5 by 7 inches, and her sides are very smooth and remarkably well finished. the planking of both decks is 3½ inches thick. In ventilation and seasoning she has all the improvements of the day; and, as more than ordinary care has been bestowed upon her construction, it is reasonable to expect that she will live to see a good old age.
Her fore and main masts are built, and are 31 inches in diameter, and the mizzen mast is of a single spar of 27 inches diameter. The lower masts, commencing with the fore, are 75, 80 and 72 feet long. The fore and maintopmasts are alike, viz: 17 inches in diameter, and 45 feet long; mizzen topmast 37, fore and main topgallant masts 25, mizzen topgallant mast 19, and the other masts in proportion. She carries a main skysail, but has nothing than royals upon the fore or mizzen.
The bowsprit is 32 inches in diameter and 20 feet outboard. The yards upon the fore and main masts are alike, viz: -- 74, 59, 42, 32, and main skysail 25 feet; on the mizzenmast they are: -- 55, 44, 32 and 25 feet. her rigging is of Russia hemp, manufactured by the New Bedford Cordage Co., and her sails are of cotton duck. In all her outfits she is most liberally found; and aloft as well as below, she is certainly a very beautiful vessel, and one, too, that must sail "like the wind." Indeed, she looks the saucy clipper in every detail -- a perfect slat water fly away, that, like a cloud in a breeze, will not tarry long in sight when she has plenty of wind.
This splendid vessel was built at Medford by Mr. Jas. O. Curtis, and is the sharpest, and we may say without fear of contradiction, the most beautiful clipper ever built there. Mr. Curtis great credit for the excellent style in which she is finished. She is owned by Theodore Chase, Esq., and is commanded by Capt. E.H. Linnell, a gentleman well acquainted with the california and India trade, and is at present loading in Messrs. Glidden & Williams' line of California clippers. She is now lying at the south side of Lewis wharf, and we assure our nautical readers that she is well worthy of inspection. Call and see her.
Transcribed by Lars Bruzelius.
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