The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Sternwheeler Brooklyn on Fox River

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(Printed material about the Brooklyn from a notebook of Charles S.Neff, presumably printed in Oshkosh, and with data supplied by Will Neff, son of W.W.Neff, captain of the Brooklyn. W.W.Neff and Sam Neff were brothers of Edwin Marion Neff, all three captains on the Wisconsin waterways) "This capacious boat was named for South Oshkosh, in old days popularly called Brooklyn. Built in 1867, she was the first steamboat to make the trip from this city to St. Paul. loading at Green Bay, her route was up the lower Fox river, through Lake Winnebago to Oshkosh and thence on the upper Fox river to Portage; thence through the canal to the Wisconsin river and down the Wisconsin to the Mississippi river; up the Mississippi to St.Paul. The Brooklyn made this trip three times during the year 1869. She was captained for many years by W.W.Neff, with Tom Roche as mate. An elaborate cabin was added to her second deck a year or two after her first season, fitting her for the passenger service" ... H.C. Doman, formerly of Oshkosh, says that the Brooklyn was built by the Oshkosh Steamboat company; it was 120 feet long, with a 20 foot beam and a stern-wheeler.
Cf. articles on early steamboat days in the Oshkosh Public library written by W. W. Neff
Brooklyn Capt. W. W. Neff
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Sternwheeler Brooklyn on Fox River