Wire Rigging

There is now lying at Jackson's Warf. Baltimore, a vessel which appears to us a novelty in naval architecture. She has three masts, rigged fore and aft fashion as it is called, or similarly to the ordinary schooner. Her standing rigging is all of iron served with rope yarn - the shrouds are continuous bars, and the cross pieces usually termed ratlines are strips of wood. The stays are composed of long links about a yard in length. The tonnage of this nondescript is 336 tons, custom house measure. She is expected to sail very fast and it is said works well, as was tested by her working out of Mile's River where she was built under the direction of Captain Miles King, against wind and tide.
American Daily Advertiser, Philadelphia, 1827 November 1.

Transcribed by Lars Bruzelius

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