The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Nov. 22, 1875

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The Oswego Belle.

The handsome new steamer Oswego Belle, which arrived in port yesterday morning on her maiden trip, was the center of attraction yesterday and hundreds of people visited her. It is unnecessary for us to go into particulars regarding the new steamer for we gave a full description of her when she was on the stocks at Lock 3, Welland Canal.

The builder of the boat, Melancthon Simpson, has ever reason to be proud of her for she is as handsome a piece of marine architecture as Canada has ever given to the inland unsalted seas. The engines and boilers, from the famous works of Oille, St. Catharines, are models of beauty, strength and durability. The saloon is large and roomy, extending the whole length of the cabin, and is finished and furnished with exquisite taste. The state rooms are far ahead of anything we have ever seen on screw boats, both in size and accommodations.

Dressed in her gay bunting the Oswego Belle makes a very pretty picture, and as she has a flag bearing the name of each port on her route in addition to the burgee and American and British ensigns she presents the appearance of a naval ship.

She will be a very fast boat, and we doubt if any other steam craft on the lake will approach her. She made the run from Bath to this port, sixty-five miles, in five hours, although she was loaded by the head several inches. When the engines become smooth it is confidently believed that she will do fifteen miles an hour loaded.

The officers of the new boat are: Captain Mosher, Mate Pender, Purser Johnson and Engineer McFall, competent, polite and attentive gentlemen. The Bay of Quinte and Oswego Navigation Company deserve success for their enterprise, and we hope their reward will be such that next season we may have a daily line of boats from here to the picturesque Bay. Among the stockholders of the company in this city are Messrs. Irwin & Sloan, C. Allison and Manister Worts.

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Propeller str built 1875 by Melancthon Simpson at St. Catharine's, Ont.
Canadian official numer: 71068
137 keel x 26 beam x 9 depth of hold, 462gt 379nt (Canadian measure)
Renamed EMERALD in 1880
Reduced to a barge in 1885
Broken up in 1907
She operated out of Napanee, Ont. until 1880, then out of Collingwood, Ont. for the rest of her career.
Date of Original:
Nov. 22, 1875
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Richard Palmer
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Nov. 22, 1875