"Oneida Lake. - A new steamer was launched recently at Brewerton, and is now being fitted with an engine. She is about 150 tons burthen, and of a beautiful model. Including this new boat, there are now four steamers on the lake, engaged in towing canal boats to and fro. *
"This season about half of the Oswego trade takes the Oneida route, and a large increase is expected next year. Hence, the necessity for building another steamer. The charge for towing, is $10 per boat, for the whole distance - 29 miles. The steamer runs four miles below Brewerton to the first lock on the outlet, which is the point where the towing commences.
"There are several excellent sail boats on the lake, built by Capt. Norcross, who learnt (sic) his trade in Boston, and who has been a resident of South Bay for ten years. These boats are similar to those in Boston harbor, and are very safe. They are ballasted with stone, and will stand up in almost any wind.
"A regatta will come off on the lake about Oct. 1. Capt. Norcross is building a fast boat, which he expect will win the first prize. The distance sailed will be 24 miles. A large hotel is in the course of erection on the west island, opposite the South Bay hotel. It will be completed next spring, and will, doubtless, attract many visitors to that romantic spot.
"The Brewerton Hotel, kept by Mr. Bennett, at the outlet of the lake, is an excellent house, and is will supported. Mr. Bennett sets an excellent table.
"The South Bay Hotel has recently been purchased by George Woodward, late of Cayuga County - a highly popular and excellent landlord. The house is beautifully situated and admirably conducted. Mr. Woodward contemplates making extensive improvements next winter on his premises, which will render his hotel worthy of the patronage of the most fastidious. We know of no place more capable of being rendered a delightful resort in the warm season.
"The east island, which likes about half a mile above the west island, contains a large and productive garde, which produces a great variety of vegetables, as well as peaches, grapes, &c. , &c. , in abundance. The spring on these islands is much earlier than it is on the main land. -- Syracuse Star"
[*This was the "Madison. " The other steamers unnamed in the article were the "Oswego" and "Oneida," launched in 1849, and the "Onondaga," (1850), all built at Brewerton. ]