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Oswego Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), April 8, 1861

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A Monster Canal Boat. - The largest canal boat we have ever seen, and we think the largest afloat, was launched on Saturday from the boat yard of Samuel Miller of this city. The new boat is called the Abraham Lincoln, bears a handsome portrate of "Old Abe" on the stern, and belongs to Ald. George S. Alvord of this city. She is 96 feet 6 inches long, 17 feet 5 inches wide, 9 feet and 2 inches between decks. - Notwithstanding her size, she draws only about thirteen inches of water. The boat is capable of carrying 11,500 bushels of wheat.

One gains a good idea of the progress of inland navigation as fostered and encouraged by the State of New York by examining this craft, which is probably twice as large as the vessel which Columbus crossed the ocean and discovered a new world, or one-third larger than the Mayflower which landed at Plymouth Rock.

Altogether the boat is the handsomest canal craft we have ever seen, and reflects much credit upon Mr. Miller's yard. Ald. Alvord has a consort for the Lincoln on the stocks at the same yard, which when completed is to be called the Hannibal Hamlin.

By visiting this yard, one may learn something of Oswego activity and enterprise. Mr. Miller has three canal boats now on the stocks for repairs, and is putting the finishing touches upon a small fleet of boats. Some fifty or sixty men are kept constantly at work, getting craft in readiness to transport the surplus grain to tide-water.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), April 8, 1861