The New Clipper Ship Swallow, of New York.

This is a beautiful vessel of 1400 tons register, and is of nearly the same model as the celebrated clipper Red Jacket. Her ends are long and sharp, but her lines are convex or nearly so at the load displacement. She is 210 feet long, 39 wide, 23 feet 4 inches deep, including 8 feet height of between decks; has 14 inches dead rise at half floor, 6 inches rounding of sides and 3 feet sheer. Her bow has an easy and graceful spring, and is ornamented with a full female figure, which makes an excellent finish. The stern is nearly oval in outline, and is tasteful ornamented with gilded carved work. End on, she looks lively, and broadside on, her sheer is finely graduated, and sets her off to great advantage. Like nearly all clippers her accomodations are on the upper deck. She has two beautiful cabins; the after one tastefully wainscotted with mahogany, rosewood, satiin wood, &c., relieved with gilded lines and flowers, and set off with papier maché cornices. It has two recess sofas, stained glass windows, and is most elegantly furnished. The forward cabin is white, relieved with gilded lines, and is also furnished in fine style. The staterooms are spacious, and like the cabins, are well lighted and ventilated.

She has splendid deck room for working ship, and all the arrangements look well. The skylight frames, the stanchions of the monkey rails, and the gangway boards are all of polished mahogany, and the bulwarks and houses are painted cream color, relieved with white. Outside she is painted black, the regular clipper livery.

She has Crane's self-acting chain stoppers, rotary patent pumps, which cannot be choked, and which throw a vast amount of water, and aft she has a force pump for wetting sails, washing decks or for extinguishing fire, should such a calamity befal [?] her.

Of her materials and construction it is only necessary to say that her frame, all her hooks and most of her heavy knees, are of white oak, her ceiling and planking of yellow pine, and that she is square fastened throughout, butt and bilge bolted with copper, seasoned with salt, has Emerson's ventilator, all the other improvements of the day, and is finished in superior style.

Her lower masts and bowsprit are built and hooped over with iron, and she has hard pine topmasts and jibbooms, and is well rigged. She looks finely aloft; and viewed as a whole, is as good a ship of her size as her builder ever produced.

She was built at East Boston by Mr. Robert C. Jackson, the builder of many other famous clippers, and is considered an improvement on them all.

She is owned by Messrs. Dugan & Leland, of New York, Messrs. Secomb & Taylor, of this city, and by Capt. Tucker, who commands her, and under whose superintendence she has been equipped. In a few days she will proceed to New York, and will there load for London. Success to her.

Boston Daily Atlas, 1854, Friday April 21.

Transcribed by Lars Bruzelius

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