The ship herself is built of oak, copper fastened, and is square bolted throughout, and well finished. She has heavy bilge keelsons 14 inches square, and her ceiling and planking vary from 7 to 5 inches in thickness. She has fine between-decks, which are strongly supported with hanging and lodging knees, massive thick work, and long breast hooks. In a word, she is a very strongly built vessel; has ventilators along her planksheer and in her bitts, and Emerson's ventilators forward and aft.
Her lower masts are 68½, 71½, and 64 feet long, and the yards upon the fore and main masts are alike, viz: 62, 48, 34, and 24, and upon the mizzen mast, 48, 34, 24; and 14 feet square. She is well rigged and looks finely aloft.
She is owned by Messrs. Sampson & Tappan, is named in compliment to an eminent firm in Baltimore, and was built by Mr. Hugh McKay, brother of the famous Donald. There are seven brothers McKay, and all of them are ship-builders. Mr. Hugh, we understand, has on the stocks another ship for Messrs. Sampson & Tappan, which will be launched in two or three months. The Barreda brothers is intended for the South American trade, and will sail for Callao in a few days.
Transcribed by Lars Bruzelius
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