The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Oct. 3, 1865

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Launch. - According to announcement the launch of the new canal boat built by Samuel Miller for Messrs. Wright & Penfield, took place yesterday afternoon at about half past 4 o'clock. All things being ready, at the word she was lowered to the ways, and instantly plunged into her native element - not like "a thing of life" as the poet would have it, but as a mammoth stately, staunch canal craft ought - with flags flying and amid the huzzas of the crowd as her name was announced - the "General Slocum." A barrel of Greenway's best was tapped on board; and as the tug Lady Franklin took the craft in tow and steamed up the harbor, the deck crowded with workmen and invited guests, in bumpers of the democratic beverage long life and profitable voyages were toasted to the General Slocum.

A better built craft does not navigate the New York State Canals than the General Slocum. Every rib is of sound 3-inch oak, and her siding and lining of the same substantial material, and she is most thoroughly and staunchly braced. her capacity is believed to be 8,000 bushels of wheat. She is worthy of her name, a credit to her builder and owners.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Oct. 3, 1865