Launch of a Richmond vessel.
--The ship Virginia Dare
, built in Baltimore
for the Richmond
line, was launched on Friday morning last.
She will sail in a few days for this city.
She is of 850 tons burthen, and the following is a description of her:
Length between perpendiculars, 160 feet; breadth of beam extreme, 33 feet 6 inches; depth of hold, 21 feet; average depth of hold, 22 feet. Her keel is sided 15 inches and moulded 16 inches, with a five-inch shoe frame, composed of white oak, locust and cedar; sided 9, 10 and 11 inches; moulded at heel, and 7 inches at the plank shears.
Floors sided 11, 12 and 13 inches. Kelsons 15 inches square, bolted through the floors and keel with one and one-eighth inch yellow metal.
14 inches square, well bolted through main kelson, first futtock, heels, and the keel.
She is square-fastened throughout, and copper-fastened to the load-line.
She has a half-poop, 46 feet long, and the cabin rising out of the poop 23 feet long, having seven fine staterooms for the accommodation of passengers, with a large pantry and mates' room in the forward part, and a well arranged captain's room; bathroom and water-closet in the after part.
She has a large midship-house for the accommodation of the crew; boys' room and a galley 29 feet long.
The stern is embellished with a richly carved moulding, with the Virginia
coat of arms as a centre piece.
She has a light and symmetrical cutwater, finished with a billet and, in fact, the finish throughout combines utility, beauty and strength.
She has been named the Virginia Dare
, after the first white child born in Virginia
, and of which birth Capt. John Smith
, the leader of the settlers in that colony, make particular mention in his history of the events connected with the settlement of Virginia
, in these words:--‘"And on the 18th, Ellinor, the Governor
's daughter, and wife to Ananias Dare, was delivered of a daughter, in Roanoke
, which, being the first Christian there born, was called Virginia
."’ She was constructed to the order of Messrs. David J. Burr
, John Purcell
and Wm. G. Paine
, the building committee on the part of the company of merchants of Richmond, Va.