The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Emerald (Propeller), C71068, 1886

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St. Catharines, Nov. 2. -- A very handsomely modelled propeller, named the OSWEGO BELLE, was launched from Simpson's Shipyard, at Lock No. 5 Welland Canal today. Her dimensions are 144 feet long, 26 feet 2 inches beam, with 9 feet depth of hold. The new craft is intended for the passenger trade on the Bay of Quinte between Belleville, Oswego, and intermediate ports.
      Toronto Daily Globe
      Wednesday, November 3, 1875

Steam screw OSWEGO BELLE.* Official Canada No. 71068. Of 286 gross tons. Built at St. Catharines, Ont., in 1875.
      137.0 x 26.3 x 9.0.
      * Renamed EMERALD - Canada - 1886
      Herman Runge List

"On her last trip up the propeller EMERALD, formerly the OSWEGO BELLE, and now the property of the Northern Transit Company, the proprietors of the ill-starred WAUBANO and ASIA, was sent from Collingwood, with, I understand, only one of a crew, being short one engineer, one foreman, and one mate. At Gore Bay, where the steamer laid over on account of rough weather, the remaining mate, steward, and table or cabin boys had a row, and at last accounts had forsaken the vessel. According to purser Storey's statement, the passengers going up had to unload freight, and one of the warehousemen along the route is our authority. The purser states also that he had to take his turn at the engine to relieve the only engineer on board."
      The J.W. Hall Great lakes marine Scrapbook, No. 2, October 1882

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Emerald (Propeller), C71068, 1886