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Oswego Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), Friday, April 9, 1858

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Oswego And Its Business


Of the many branches of business in this city, the Ship yards are deserving of particular commendation and may be regarded as Institutions of Oswego. In the Way of affording employment to laborers, and trade to the merchant, they rank among the first. The gentlemen at their head combine talent and enterprise second to none. We repeat our object by these articles to be merely introductory, and not extended notices, which are reserved to other occasions.

Ship Yards

Miller, Kitts & Moore. - This yard possesses most extensive facilities for businesses, and can dock at one tome one propeller, two vessels and three canal boats, and when in full operation can give employment to 250 men. Connected with their ship-yard they have a steam saw-mill which employs ten men every day and can saw 12,000 feet of lumber per day.

James A. Baker. - This yard is one of the most commodious in the State, and has a marine railway of sufficient capacity to draw out any steamboat or vessel which can pass through the Welland Canal. It has one workshop of 160 feet length and three stories high. Also another three-story stone building which contains the steam engine, boilers, &c. The average number of men employed regularly at this establishment amounts to one hundred men. It has also a Canal railway attached.

George Goble. - The facilities of this yard have enabled its proprietor to turn out some of the finest specimens of Lake craft. he has a fine schooner on the docks at this moment of 136 feet keel, beam 26 feet 2 inches; hold 11 ft. 9 inches; over all 142 ft. 6 inches; calculated to stow 17,500 bushels of wheat, and can be launched in one month. This fine vessel, we understand, is for sale.

A.C. Mattoon. - This is a yard connected with the Canals in which the most extensive facilities are offered for building and repairing the boats used in that trade, of which it commands almost the entire business.

George R. Rogers has an ample and commodious yard and employs above 50 hands.

Scott & Nesbitt's Dry Dock on the canal is intended entirely for that trade.

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Oswego Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), Friday, April 9, 1858