The Green Tug Line.
Harry Green Recalls Some Pleasant Recollections of Thirty Years Ago.
Harry Green, who with his father, Robert Green, and his brother, Benjamin F. Green, constituted one of the principal sailmaking firms of Oswego thirty odd years ago, has broken into verse. Mr. Green is now living in retirement at LaGrange, Ill. After leaving here he went to Chicago and was in Shannon's, the big sailmaker and ship chandler.
The passing of the sailing craft put the sailmakers out of business. Mr. Green recalls the old days with pleasure. In a letter to Commodore Crimmins he speaks of the old green tug line, which was owned by Smith & Post, and in which Commodore Crimmins was interested. At that time there were fourteen tugs in the harbor, six of which were green line boats. In 1875 there were sixteen tugs here and the first tug association was formed.
Enclosed in his letter Mr. Green sends this reminder of other days:
Tom, do you remember
Back in the good old times,
When you were high commodore
Of the Green Tug Line?
You were always on your job
From morning until night,
You never failed to keep your eye
On everything in sight.
Those happier days on Water street,
We will never see more.
Spinning yarns around the stove
In the old ship chandlery store.
We always had a host of friends
But they are passing fast away
And the good old time schooners
Have surely had their day.
Harry W. Green
LaGrange, Ill. No. 28 North Fifth ave.