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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Friday, April 26, 1872

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The Steam Tug Alanson Sumner. - Yesterday afternoon at ten minutes to four o'clock, the new tug Alanson Sumner, owned by Messrs. Page & Dobbie, slid from her "ways" to the water, a distance of four feet, striking to her side with such force that she displaced nearly all the water in the slip. The Sumner is without doubt one of the handsomest and best built boats on fresh water, and judging from her appearance, with the powerful engine they are putting in, capable of showing her "heels" to anything on this lake. Her dimensions are as follows: Length over all 138 1/2 feet, 24 feet beam, and 12 feet depth of hold, with a tonnage of 907 42-100 tons* custom house measurement. She will have two boilers, each 18 feet long by 6 1/2 feet deep, and one cylinder 28x32.

It is estimated that she will have 611 horse power, with 80 pounds of steam. The wheel is nine feet, with 13 1/2 feet pitch. She will draw about 9 1/2 feet of water. The upper work or house is not finished, but when it is, she will have plenty of cabin room. In addition to the stern cabin and forecastle forward, the house will contain several state rooms, besides two on the hurricane deck abaft of the pilot house.

Capt. Thomas Dobbie will command her, with W. H. Bishop as engineer. The cost of the boat will be about $33,000. She will be used in towing lumber barges and rafts from the Bay of Quinte to this port, and will be ready for sea in about two weeks. The owners may well feel proud of this boat, as she is the first one ever built entire - hull, engine and wheel - in this city. She reflects credit upon Messrs. Goble & Macfarlane, the builders of the hull, and John King & Co., the builders of the engine, boiler and screw.

The crowd at the launch was immense, made up as it was of men, women and children, all anxiously waiting for the final blow to be struck which would sever the boat's connection with the land. She is named after Alanson Sumner, Esq., of Albany, and uncle of Mayor Page.

*Believed to be a typographical error. Records show 300 tons.

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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Friday, April 26, 1872