The clipper Ship Syren.
Our artist has sketched for us here a fine maritime scene, representing the clipper ship Syren as she passes Boston (lower) Light. The Syren is owned by Silsbee, Pitman & Silsbee, of Salem, is commanded by Capt. George Silsbee, and intended for the California and East India trade. Her dimensions are as follows: length 180 feet, beam 36 ft depth of hold 22 feet; and altogether her model is of the most perfect and beautiful character in outline, and she can hardly escape being one of the finest bottoms afloat. The Syren was built by Mr. Taylor, at Medford, in the most thorough and substantial manner, and possesses all the modern marine improvements. Our artist has sketched her with everything set that can draw, and right merrily she is bowling over the waters of the outer channel, a perfect picture of nautical neatness and beauty.As a matter of current history we note that at the present time there is being built on the bank of the Mystic in Somerville (next Wellington bridge) a vessel of about the same size as the Syren, perhaps a little larger. Medford men are interested in her construction, [p. 77] and the spot is somewhere near where Governor Winthrop built the Blessing of the Bay. She is to be schooner rigged, with four masts, and is now approaching completion. We hope to see her launching, the first on the Mystic since 1873.