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The San Francisco Daily Morning Call, July 16, 1864


Steamboat Point, the place where Messrs. Donahue, Ryan & Secor are building the iron clad Camanche, looks brisker and very considerably brisker every day, in proportion as the progress of the work opens a larger field and affords more elbow room for mechanics and laborers. Mr. Ryan commenced with ten men the first day, when everything was so mixed up and the yard so encumbered with trash, that a greater number could not work together without being in each other's way; afterwards men were added by the dozen, as use could be made of them, until now the number employed is fifty, and things begin to look ship shape about the premises. These enlistments will be constantly continued until the yard swarms with workmen. About ninety feet of the keel had been laid and bolted together yesterday up to one o'clock in the afternoon, although the work in that department was only commenced yesterday morning; it will be finished this morning, and the construction of the "garboard streak" commenced. The Camanche will be one hundred and sixty feet long from stem to stern post, and two hundred feet on deck. Many of the materials are lost and others broken, and much hindrance is experienced from this source. The work is fairly under way now, and not a moment will be lost until the Camanche is completed and afloat.

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