The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), May 11, 1876

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The Countess of Dufferin
Her Blocks, Mast Hoops, Dead Eyes, etc., Made in Oswego

Oswego has an interest in the new yacht Countess of Dufferin, launched yesterday at Coburg, which is to sail the crack yachts of the New York Club this summer for the Queen's cup, won by the yacht America several years ago against the best boats the "snug little isle" could boast of. The outfit of the new craft is the best ever put on a craft on fresh water and the managers of the boat in casting about for block, dead eyes, etc., and after examining specimens from Buffalo, Detroit, Chicago, New York, Boston and Kingston, awarded the contract to Messrs. Grant and Fayette of this city without solicitation.

The blocks, now at the factory, East Second street between Cayuga and Seneca streets, ready for shipment, are the handsomest , in material and finish, we have ever seen. The shells are much heavier than those in common use while the sheaves (patent) of lignum vitae, are selected with care and turned so that nothing but a black surface is shown.

The blocks are oiled instead of painted, and present a neat appearance. The iron work, straps and hooks, is the smoothest and cleanest ever turned out here, and reflects credit upon the skill of Patrick McCrisken, the mechanic. The dead eyes and hearts (lignum vitae) are beauties in style and finish, while the mast hoops are such as will add to the general appearance of the yacht. The cost of the outfits secured here will between $400 and $500. It speaks well for the mechanical work of Oswego when Canadian yachtsmen select the handiwork of our skilled men in performance to that of the other places named. The blocks manufactured by Grant & Fayette have long been favorites among seafaring men, owing to their strength, finish and labor saving qualities.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), May 11, 1876