The New Barque Lamplighter, of Boston.

This is a beautiful vessel of 365 tons register, capable of stowing a large cargo and sailing well. She is 121 feet long, has 27 feet 7 inches breadth of beam, and 12 feet depth of hold. She has a clipper bow, smack-smooth. without head or trail-boards, and it is ornamented with a gilded eagle, represented as about spreading his wings for a soar aloft. The stern is neatly rounded between the quarter timbers, and between the arch-board and the rail, and is finely ornamented with an arch of gilded carved-work, in the centre of which is a medallion bust of a sage. She has a full poop deck, 60 feet long, which takes in the mainmast, and this, of course, breaks her outside sheer; but along the line of the covering board, her sheer is truly graduated her whole length, and rises in beautiful style forward, giving ease and grace to the bow. All her accommodations are on deck, leaving the hold entirely clear for the stowage of cargo. She has a small topgallant forecastle with a capstan on it, and abaft the foremast a snug house, which contains the chain-lockers, the galley, accommodations for the crew, &c. The forward part of the poop is built solid across, so that a deck load may be stowed close to it, and its interior is designed for the stowage of light cargo, and has a hatchway abaft the mainmast.

Her cabin is entered from the standing room aft, where she is steered, occupies the after part of the poop, and is a neat apartment, containing 6 staterooms and other accommodations. It is painted and grained, and tastefully furnished.

The vessel herself is very strongly built. Her entire fame, all her knees, stanchions and hooks are of white oak, and her inside ceiling, which varies from 3½ to 8 inches in thickness, is square fastened. Under the hanging knees is a strake of 9 by 14 inches, which is scarphed and extra bolted, and the seams of the thick work on the bilge are wedged with hard pine. The clamps are also scarphed and strongly fastened. Her outside planking varies from 3½ to 4½ inches in thickness, is square fastened with tree-nails, butt and bilge bolted with copper, and finished smooth as glass.

She is a full rigged barque. Her lower masts, commencing with the fore, are: 55, 59, and 57 feet long; fore and main topmasts, &c., 31, 17½, 11; and 7 feet pole; mizzen topmast 24 feet; bowsprit 14 feet outboard, jibboom 12, and flying jibboom 11½ feet. The yards upon the fore and main masts are like, viz: 52, 42, 32, and 24 feet square. She is well rigged, and looks beautifully aloft. We consider her the best and most beautifully vessel of her class in port.

She was built at Medford, by Messrs. Hayden & Cudworth, who are noted for the excellence of their work, is owned by Messrs. Lombard & Co. and others, and is commanded by Capt. John Paine, and active and enterprising sailor, who will doubtless make her do her best. Though designed for a Charleston packet, yet she is well adapted for the Mediterranean or Cuba trade. She will doubtless prove a swift sailer, and we know that she will stow a large cargo for her register. Good luck to her.

Boston Daily Atlas, 1854, June 15.

Transcribed by Lars Bruzelius

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