The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Wed., Dec. 13, 1856

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New Steam Tug. - Ald. Rogers is now engaged in the construction at his ship yard, of a new steam tug for Peter P. Wright, of this city. She is to be of large size, very staunchly built, and rating as first class in all particulars. Her length will be 82 feet; her engine will be double with 18 inch cylinder and of great power, which is to be constructed by Messrs. Talcott & Underhill, of this city, so that she will be in all respects an Oswego production.

It is the design to make her not only competent for all the ordinary business of towing in and about the harbor, but for towing at other points about the Lake and in all emergencies. She will cost about $10,000, and is to be finished and ready for duty on the opening of navigation in the spring, and we have no doubt she will do honor to her enterprising owner, and also to her builder and the constructors of her engine.

Mr. Wright is a good illustration of what industry, enterprise and perseverance can do, and his career is another indication of the rapid progress of the commerce of Oswego. He commenced the business of tugging at this port in the spring of 1853, and ventured his little all in the purchase of the small tug Schuyler, against the advice of more timid friends, who thought it would never pay. He was successful and made money.

In May, 1855, Mr. Wright ascended several rounds in the ladder of enterprise and fortune, and purchased the tug Robert Reed, of Albany, a larger and more powerful steamer, capable of doing a much greater business. having been successful thus far, and determined to keep up with the long strides and the necessities of our commerce, he has now commenced the construction of a a new and still larger steamer than as above. Mr. Wright is ever prompt and obliging, ready night and day to respond to the call of duty, and we have been often been indebted to him for favors in way of news items. We rejoice in Mr. W.'s past success, and he has our best wished for the future.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Wed., Dec. 13, 1856