The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Times & Journal (Oswego, NY), June 12, 1856

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The Schooner Challenge. This fine vessel, which was recently purchased by Government for the purpose of distributing light-house oil and stores along the lakes, is thus spoken of by the Buffalo Express:

"Capt. Woodruff, of the Topographical Engineers and Light House Board, has recently purchased a vessel for the conveyance of light-house oil, lamps and stores, which deserves more than a passing notice. The vessel is a schooner, called the Challenge, built upon the Lower Lake by Captain Throop. She is of clipper model, exceedingly sharp forward and clean aft, loftily sparred, of about 150 tons burden, and now draws, as she lies at the dock, with her full cargo of oil, &c. on board, only five feet, four inches.

She was built of selected timber, every stick having been inspected before it was used, and was intended to be, as her name denotes, a challenge to all sailing craft on the Lakes. In fact, she presents in build, rig and general saucy appearance, the beau ideal of those 'long, low black schooners,' of which the Island of Pines used to be the favorite resort. Her builder, who is a gentleman of means, intended her as a yacht, rather than a trader, although she has been engaged in freighting wheat from Toledo to Oswego.

Captain Throop has had a large sum of money ready to stake her upon her speed, for some time, but could find no takers. Captain Woodruff saw and fancied her, and effected he purchase at the very low figure of $6,250. She is now ready for sea and will probably sail this morning, on her cruise around the Lakes, distributing oil and stores under the direction of Mr. Hawks, the Light-house Agent, who sails with her. She would be just the craft for a Revenue Cutter, if we are not to have a steam vessel for that service, as she can probably out sail any other vessel on these waters. "

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Times & Journal (Oswego, NY), June 12, 1856