The New Clipper Barque Cossack, of Boston.

This is a beautiful vessel of 580 tons register, with good stowage capacity, and fine ends for sailing. She is not very sharp, but has an easy, graceful entrance, with a bold rakish bow, which flares as it rises, and retains its angular form to the rail. For a head she has a gilded eagle on the wing, and is smack-smooth abaft it, without head or trail-boards. Her stern is light and oval in outline, ornamented with gilded carved work; and her run is long and clean. She is sheathed with yellow metal, planked flush to the covering board, and painted black outside. Between perpendiculars on deck, she is 137 feet long, has 31½ feet breadth of beam, and 17 feet depth of hold, including 6½ feet height of between decks. She has 15 inches dead rise at half floor, 6 inches rounding of sides, and about 2½ feet sheer, which is graduated her whole length.

All her accommodations are on the upper deck, and consist of the usual houses peculiar to clippers. She has quite a neat cabin, painted white and ornamented with gilding, and it is furnished in Messrs. Beal & Brothers' usual style of neatness.

She is built of oak and copper fastened, has massive hanging and lodging knees under all her beams, and is square fastened throughout. The space between decks, extending from the mainmast to the foremast, excepting 4 strakes of wing planking, is open, thus giving her more stowage capacity than if the space had been decked over. On deck she looks beautifully -- has low bulwarks, and plenty of deck-room for working ship.

Aloft she looks splendidly, has taunt, raking masts and square yards. The main yard is 64 feet square, and the others in proportion. All the masts, yards, tops and crosstrees are bright varnished, because her owners expect that she will sail so fast -- we ought to say fly -- that paint will not stick to her spars.

She is owned by Messrs. Curtis & Peabody, is commanded by Capt. Henry A. Ballard, and was built by the Messrs. Briggs of South Boston. Like all their vessels she is a beautiful model, well built, and finished in the first style of workmanship. She is now lying at the south side of central wharf, and is loading with despatch in Lincoln's line of Australia packets. Call and see her.

Boston Daily Atlas, 1854, August 10.

Transcribed by Lars Bruzelius

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