Way Down Near The The Suwanee River - Direct For Florida. - For some time the schooner S.S. Ellsworth, Captain Edwards, has been in course of reconstruction. The mainmast has been done away with, the boiler of the tug Dodge has been place in her, and she has been converted into a screw steamboat.
Our readers are all aware she is the property of Hon. Abner C. Mattoon. All this fitting up has been done with a purpose. It seems that the Florida State Government has agreed to grant each alternate square mile for a distance of 200 miles along the banks of Peas Creek to the first man who places a steamboat at the head of navigation in it. Mr. Mattoon intends to avail himself of this opportunity.
The Ellsworth was originally of a peculiar build. She was planned so that she is able to pass through the locks of the canal, and has been formerly employed in taking stone up the canal to the High Dam. Advantage is to be taken of this peculiarity, and the trip to Florida has been planned in this way:
Down the Erie Canal to new York; through the New Jersey and Pennsylvania canals, coming out at Baltimore; then proceeding down the Chesapeake Bay to Norfolk, the Ellsworth takes the Dismal Swamp canal and passes through North Carolina, arrives at Wilmington, and thence, via the Cape Fear river, emerges into the ocean, having escaped all the most dangerous points on the American coast. Turning south, the Ellsworth will stop at Charleston, Savannah, St. Augustine, Key West, and finally at Cedar Key, the port at the mouth of the Suwanee river.
The Ellsworth will take a full cargo of apples, potatoes, beans, pork, groceries, dry goods, drugs and medicines. She also carries two of Ames' portable engines, with a saw mill for each. She carries 20 men, all of experience in their trades, from this city.
This region of Florida abounds with oak and Norway pine, and ready market is afforded for the lumber produce. Peas Creek is a stream 56 miles long which empties into Charlotte harbor - a bay 10 miles in length - which is situated on the Gulf coast of Florida, 150 miles from Key West.
Mr. Mattoon is to be accompanied on this expedition by his sons Edward and John Henry, who are well known to all Oswegonians. The intention now is to start early in the succeeding week. The enterprise is an extensive one, and deserves the brightest kind of success.