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Sir John Franklin

Medium Clipper Ship

Newspaper clipping from Baltimore Sun 31DEC1853 of medium clipper ship Sir John Franklin

Source: Baltimore Sun (Baltimore, MD), 31 December 1853, p.1, col.7
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Launched -- A little before four o'clock yesterday afternoon the elegant ship "Sir John Franklin," which has been ready for launching for some days, in the ship yard of Mr. J. J. Abrahams, went overboard in most beautiful style. A more easy, regular and beautiful launch we never witnessed. The ship is upwards of one thousand tons burthen and was built for Capt. Frazier, of this city. While standing upon the wharf, amid a driving snow storm, we were involuntarily led to think that a more proper time could not have been chosen for launching a vessel named after a navigator, who, in all probability, has perished among the snows and ice of the northern regions.

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