She has 4 massive hooks and pointers forward, and 3 aft, varying from 12 to 14 inches square, and these cross all the cants diagonally, and are square fastened. The hanging knees, under the lower deck beams, are all of oak, sided from 10 to 12 inches, are 22 inches in the angles, and have from 18 to 20 bolts in each, and the lodging knees are also of oak, and are scarphed together in every berth. The between decks knees are nearly of the same size, fastened in proportion. The between decks waterways are 15 inches square, with 1 strake of 10 by 13 inside of them, and two of the same size over them, the whole bolted vertically and horizontally, and the ceiling above is 6 inches thick, square fastened. Her main transom is 18 inches square, with heavy transom-knees, which extend well along the sides, and the other transoms in proportion, all fastened with copper up to the load displacement line. The same is the case with the stem, cutwater and apron, up to the same line. Her ends are spanned with heavy hooks, in the between decks, as well as below; and she has also hooks under and over the bowsprit. The between decks stanchions are of oak, turned and secured in the usual style, and the planking of both decks is 3½ inches thick, the lower deck of hard pine, and the upper one of white pine.
The upper deck waterways are 12 by 14 inches, with two thick strakes inside of them, the covering board and main rail, each 6 inches thick, and the bulwarks stanchions are all of oak, neatly finished, and well secured. the whole height of her bulwarks is between 4 and 5 feet, including the monkey rail.
The garboards are 8 by 14 inches, with thick work outside of them, flushed to 4½ inches thick, her wales are 5½ by 7 inches, and the waist 4½ inches thick. Her outside planking, as well as her frame, is all of white oak, square fastened with locust treenails, driven through and wedged in both ends; and she is butt and bilge-bolted with copper, and finished in beautiful style. Her frame is seasoned with salt, she has brass ventilators along her planksheer and in the bitts, Emerson's ventilators for the hold and between decks, and plate glass air-ports along the sides of her between decks.
The arrangements of her decks consist of a topgallant forecastle, the height of the main rail; abaft the foretopmast a large house for her crew, galley, &c.; and aft trunk cabins, built into a half poop deck. She has two cabins, with an ante-room, and the former are painted white, relieved with gilded lines and flower work, and have staterooms along their sides, the whole tastefully arranged and elegantly furnished.
In ground tackle, boats, and other furniture, she is fitted out in the same style as first class packet ships, and like them, too, has every accommodation for passengers.
We have not the dimensions of her spars; but can say they are very stout, well proportioned, and strongly rigged. Aloft as well as below, in every sense of the world, she is a complete ship.
We have already stated that she is of rather a full model, designed to stow a large cargo; but she has also fine ends for sailing, and is quite stiff and buoyant. She has a neatly carved and gilded billet-head, and her stern is light, nearly oval in outline, and is tastefully ornamented with gilded carved-work. It swells between the quarter timbers, and between the archboard and the taffrail, and rises finely from the run, which is long and clean. broadside on, she looks well, as her sheer is truly graduated, and springs gracefully towards the ends. Outside she is black and inside buff color, with blue along the waterways; and the between decks are white, the lower parts of the beams bright, and the waterways and thick work blue, and are as light and airy as the cabins.
In all that constitutes a first class packet ship, we consider her unsurpassed by any vessel of her size that we have seen. She was built and is owned by Mr. Samuel Hall, of East Boston, and like all his other productions in the marine line, we have no doubt, will sail fast and wear well.
We understand that two of Mr. Hall's sons are now at work in his yard, and are about trying their fortunes in the science of shipbuilding. They have been employed upon this ship, and have done will. May they be as successful as their father. May they be as successful as their father.
Transcribed by Lars Bruzelius
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