The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily Palladium (Oswego, NY), Saturday, Sept. 8, 1855

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The Western Suburb - The Swail - New Ship Yard. - We were surprised to observe the improvement going on in the western suburb of the city, while taking a short stroll yesterday. What is known as the "swail," purchased last season by Messrs Buckhout & Dolloway, is the point to which we allude. This spot has long been a source of annoyance and disease from its position, and the miasma arising from the rank growth and decay of vegetable matter every season. A wide ditch has, during last season and this, been dug through the whole length of it, for purposes of drainage, and a wide mouth to this ditch has been formed on the lake shore, with a pier extending into the lake some sixty feet or more, on each side of this opening, to prevent it from filling up by the action of the sea.

This drainage has already done much good and it is hoped the evil will be entirely removed. And in time, the proprietors even anticipate an entire excavation of the swamp to the rock bed, thus forming a capital harbor of large capacity, which they think can be done at no very great outlay. There is about thirty acres of this ground, swamp and otherwise, for which the owners paid some $3,500, we believe. They now ask from $500 to $700 per acre for it, and some portions they decline to sell at all.

Directly along the lake shore and near the mouth of the excavation, is fine, high and dry land, embracing several acres. At this spot Messrs John E. Lee and Peter Lamoree, have started a new ship yard, and have already the frame of a large class vessel on the stocks. It is to be built for Ald. Colborn, and will probably be launched this fall, and be ready for the spring business. Her dimensions are, 132 feet keel, 26 feet beam, and 11 ½ feet hold. This is quite an unexpected feature of progress, and perhaps but a few years will roll away before a fine harbor will be there formed, surrounded with the same busy home of life, industry and commerce, that is now experienced in our river. It would not be strange.

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Richard Palmer
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Daily Palladium (Oswego, NY), Saturday, Sept. 8, 1855