Launch of SS Forty-Nine: 0051.0063

LAUNCH OF CAPTAIN WHITE’S STEAMER. – A Private letter informs us that at about 2 o’clock p.m., on Saturday the 9th day of December all things being in readiness, the [           ] steamboat of Capt. [Ben?] White, constructed at Little Dalles, away up in the wilderness near the Forty-Ninth parallel of latitude, glided safely down the ways and sits tranquilly on the bosom of the Columbia.  It was an event calculated to inspire the hearts of the few people there with the hope of a glorious future, and we are not surprised to hear that the woods and the hills, and the majestic cliffs re-echoed the sound of tumultuous voices as the pendant was unfurled by a passing breeze, and revealed the name Forty-Nine, which the pioneer craft will carry in honor of the latitude in which she was built.  No special artist was there to give the world an idea, by illustration, of this important scene.  No Pub. Doc. will issue, with elaborate engravings, and extensive exports, from the Government Printing Office, to designate the course this new boat is to run, vide Colorado, but the dusty MSS. of the famous Lewis and Clark, and the liberal feelings of the good President Jefferson will be thought of and talked about from the decks of the “Forty-Nine” as she crosses that line, a thing of life, an evidence of private enterprise, without encouragement from either government so minutely interested.  Surely “Peace hath her victories,” and this is one of them. – Oregonian.

0051.0063: Launch of SS Forty-Nine

Article with an excerpt from Oregonian about the launch of Capt. Whites steamer, the SS Forty-Nine (named so in honour of the latitude in which she was built).

Medium:  Newspaper - Text
Date:  December 13, 1865
Pages:  3
Publisher:  Victoria Daily Colonist
Collection:  Columbia Basin Institute (0051)


People arrow Whitearrow
Cities arrow Little Dalles WAarrow
Industry arrow Shipyardsarrow
Physical Features arrow Rivers arrow Columbia Riverarrow
Transportation arrow Boats arrow SS Forty-Ninearrow


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