The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Advertiser & Times (Oswego, NY), July 9, 1870

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Capt. Ford's Gaff Topsail Rigging. - Whatever croakers may say, (and thee are always those who will croak, with about as much wisdom as an owl - particularly if they have no direct interest in the croakable matter), the invention of Capt. Geo. A. Ford of this city is, as far as adaptability and utility are concerned, a thorough success. We have seen a Gaff topsail, set and taken in, by his invention in an incredible short space of time, and that to, under very disadvantageous circumstances.

Sail, cordage, and labor are saved through this invention and it is a wonder to us that the process is not adopted by all vessel owners. Money is saved in the end by its use, and the cost is comparatively small. Those who have it in use speak of the invention in high and unqualified terms.

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July 9, 1870
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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Advertiser & Times (Oswego, NY), July 9, 1870