The New Clipper Ship Galatea.

This is a most beautiful vessel of her class, designed to stow a good cargo and sail fast, and is well adapted either for the China or Calcutta trade, or, if European freights were high, in that trade she would pay well. She is 182 feet long on deck between perpendiculars, has 36½ feet breadth of beam and 23 depth of hold, including 8 feet height of between decks, and registers 1100 tons. Her bow is sharp, with rounded lines, and rakes gracefully forward, flaring as it rises above the line of the planksheer. A full female figure, standing on tip-toe, and robed in vestments of flowing white, fringed with gold, ornaments the bow, and is well designed and very neat. The stern is oval in outline, quite light and finely formed, and is ornamented with gilded carved work, in the centre of which is a female figure painted white. The run, like the bow, is long and clean, and blends beautifully with the fullness of midships. She is planked flush to the covering board, and is sheathed with yellow metal up to 18 feet draught, and above there is painted bronze color; inside she is buff color, relieved with white, and has mahogany gang way boards, mounted with brass.

All her accommodations are on the upper deck. Her cabins are built into a half poop deck, and though small, are finished in superior style. The after one is wainscoted with mahogany, has two spacious recess sofas, with mirrors and stained glass windows, and is furnished in the neatest style. It has a staircase aft, which leads to the poop, and it also communications with the forward cabin. The latter is designed for a dining saloon, and is tastefully painted, grained, and well furnished. Although she has accommodations for a few passengers, her cabins have been designed principally for the use of the captain and officers.

The quarter for the crew are in a large house before the main hatchway, and are spacious, well lighted and ventilated. The same house contains the galley, and has other apartments for storerooms, &c. She has plenty of rooms for working ship, and altogether, on deck, appears to fine advantage.

The frame is of white oak, her planking and ceiling of hard pine, and she is square fastened throughout, and finished in the best style of workmanhip.

Her lower masts, commencing with the fore, are 76, 80, and 72 feet long, topmasts 45½, 46, and 35 feet, and the bowsprit is 19 feet outboard. The fore and main masts are built, hooped with iron, and are each 31 and 33 inches in diameter. The mizzenmasts is of a single spar, 28 inches in diameter. Her lower yards 66, 73 and 55 feet square, topsail yards 53, 58 and 42 feet, and the other spars in proportion. Francis Low & Co., rigged her, a sure guarantee that she looks snug aloft. So far as we are qualified to express an opinion, she appears to be an excellent vessel, and one too, that will sail fast and work well. She is owned by Messrs. Wm. F. Weld & Co., and is at present loading with despatch in Messrs. Glidden & Co.'s line of California clippers, and will be ready for sea in a few days. Capt. Henry Barber, and active and enterprising sailor, commands her. We wish him and his beautiful ship the best of good luck.

Boston Daily Atlas, 1854, April, 10.

Transcribed by Lars Bruzelius

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