The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Sept. 18, 1857

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The six new revenue cutters, built for the Government at Milan, have been towed to Sandusky and laid up for the winter. The Register says, these cutters are put together in the most substantial of any vessels ever built on the lakes. The woods used are exclusively oak and Long Island locust, joined with bolts and bars of iron, in a way which would seem to render them impregnable to almost any assault of storm or other disaster.

They are of about sixty tons burthen each, uniformly built, or nearly so, and are named after the members of the present national cabinet, respectively, except the Secretary of State, viz: Howell Cobb, Isaac Toucey, John B. Floyd, Jacob Thompson, Aaron V. Brown, and Jeremiah S. Black. A cutter already in service on the Atlantic coast bears the name Lewis Cass, hence the omission in the present christening. Each one is furnished with two of Francis' patent metallic life boats. The cutters were built under the supervision of Capt. Wm. C. Pease, of the Revenue Service, who pronounces them strong as wood and iron can make them, and their beauty and sailing qualities will certainly equal their strength. The price paid for them was $6,500 each. Next spring they will be assigned to their respective stations along the lakes.

Capt. Cornell, formerly of the Cutter Harrison, but who has since been stationed on the Pacific coast, we understand, will again take command of the Cutter on Lake Ontario, and his family will return to this city.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Sept. 18, 1857