The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily Palladium (Oswego, NY), Friday, Sept. 16, 1855

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Improvement of Baker's Marine Railway. - Mr. James A. Baker is engaged in extensive improvements in his Marine or Ship Railway, at the foot of First Street, preparatory to increasing his already extended business. He has constructed a coffer dam from Carrington's Warehouse to the dock, and is now pumping out the water. he has one of Hawley's Patent Pumps at work, which throws an immense volume of water. These pumps are manufactured at Selbay and Hawley Iron Works, Seneca Falls, and William Brown, Esq. , is agent for this city.

The pump is worked by a very perfect portable steam engine, manufactured in this city by Messrs. Smith & King, corner West Second and Bridge streets. Those who take an interest or have a curiosity in such matters should step down and see this machinery in operation.

The Railway has of late been much out of repair, and was not of sufficient capacity to take out vessels of the largest size. Mr. Baker intends making such improvements and so enlarging it that steamers and vessels of any size can readily be taken out for repairs. The expense of the improvement will be large, but Mr. B. has determined to incur it, alone, if the owners of whom he leases, are willing to bear the burden, in order that Oswego may be in a condition to do any work in the line of ship repairs that any port on the lakes can. It is an extensive enterprise, and we doubt not Mr. B. Will reap a liberal reward.

The pump is a new one, is of great capacity and cheap, and is driven by the beautiful engine of Messrs. Smith & King, of five horsepower, with care. Mr. Brown at Fitzhugh & Littlejohn's mill, will give all necessary information in regard to it.

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Richard Palmer
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Daily Palladium (Oswego, NY), Friday, Sept. 16, 1855