The iron screw steam-ship Jourdain, of 1200 tons, o.m., was launched from Mr. Laird's yard, Toxteth-park, on Tuesday. She is built for the Compagnie des Messageries Imperiale of France, for whom Mr. Laird is constructing two other vessels of the same size, all intended for the trade from Marseilles to Constantinople. The Jourdain is constructed with very fine lines, and is expected to be fast ; but at the same time, she can carry a good cargo, and has very superior passenger accommodation.
A beautiful model ship, called the Fusilier, was launched, on Tuesday, from the yard of Messrs. Rennie, Johnson, and Rankin, at the Dingle. This handsome craft, which was designed by Mr. Rennie, is of the following dimensions :-
Length, -58 feet ;
beam, 26 fee 8 inches ;
depth 17 feet 4 inches ;
o.m., 536 tons ;
n.m., 513 tons ;
displacement at 16 feet draft, 978 tons.
Her owners are Messrs. Cotesworth, Wynne, and Lyne, of Tower-buildings, and she will be commanded by Captain Carmichael, late of the Josiah Waddington, a clever and careful navigator. The Fusilier is intended for the West Coast of South America trade.
The Retriever, a finely modelled screw steamer, of about 500 tons, arrived here from Warrington, on Tuesday, where she was built by the Bank Quay Foundry Company, from a design by Mr. Jonathan Grinrod, of this town. The Retriever was taken into the Sandon dock, where she will receive her machinery.
The steamer Empress Eugenie was launched, on Wednesday, about noon, from the yard of Messrs,. Rennie, Johnson, and Rankin, in the presence of a large company. The launch was superintended by Mr. Rennie. The Empress Eugenie is the property of the Northwest of France Steam Navigation Company, and her managing owners are Messrs. M'Clune and Tamplin, of this town. Her dimensions are:-
length on the keel 185 feet,
over all 205 fret,
beam 27 feet,
depth of hold 15 feet,
measurement 750 tons.
She will be fitted with direct-acting engines of nominally 110 horse-power (made by Messrs. James Jack and Co. of the Victoria Foundry, at the north end of the town, which will drive a three-bladed propeller. Mr. John Grantham has been the consulting engineer during her construction. The vessel went down the ways in the steadiest manner, after receiving her name by Mrs. Robert Lamont.
On Thursday, a new clipper ship, the Harvest Home, was launched from the yard of Messrs. Thomas Vernon and Sons, Brunswick Dock. Her dimensions are as follow:-
Length, 160 feet ;
beam, 28 feet ;
depth, 17 feet ;
measurement, nearly 600 tons.
The Harvest Home, we believe, is intended for the South American trade, and she is a sister skip to the Advance, which was lately launched from the same yard for the Ceylon trade. After the launch a number of ladies and gentlemen - friends of the owners and builders - partook of a cold collation in the mould-room.-
Liverpool Mail, April 21, .
SG & SGTL Vol 12 ; Page 177 ; 30 Jul 1855
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