The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Nov. 25. 1916

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Fish Tug Out in Big Gale
Braved Storm to Go to Galloup Islands for Fifteen Miles of Nets Set There.

Sackets Harbor, Nov. 25 (Special) In the midst of the biggest storm of the year the fishing tug Liberty, of the Kolbe Fish Company, of Erie, went out yesterday to rescue about fifteen miles of gill nets, worth $2,000, that had been set in the vicinity of the Galloup islands. Captain Boyd was fearful the nets would be carried away by the seventy-mile-an-hour gale and so with his crew of six, started out after them. The tug got back safely last night.


Although the tug Liberty is making her headquarters at Sacket's harbor she has been fishing all along this end of the lake and has recently been seen operating in Mexico Bay. She carried about thirty miles of gill nets. The boat is a very staunch, sea-worthy, powerful craft. Her hull is covered with iron plates down for some distance below the water line. This coating enables her to break her way through six inches of solid ice. She is sixteen feet wide and seventy-five feet in length. her power is ample as she is propelled by a 225-horsepower engine. At a distance she somewhat resembles a houseboat. She is enclosed above her lower deck from bow to stern.

Upon her forward deck leading from her fish net hoisting drum, which is located upon the left side and partly in front of her pilot-house are iron tracks upon each side of the vessel next to her bulwarks. Upon these tracks the huge boxes of nets are slid back when they are filled with nets and fish. Back of the engine room upon the stern several men are employed in taking our fish and shipping nets preparatory to setting. It is a novel sight to see a machine lifting nets about five times as fast as a man can lift them by hand. The fish are rapidly elevated in the nets up the side of the vessel where they pass over a drum onto a table and slide around another drum off the side of the table into a box with the nets. The hoisting drum is operated by a separate engine which can be stopped and started at a moment's notice.

Two men stand by the machine. One tends to stopping and starting when necessary. When a large fish tears loose as the net leaves the water the drum tender dips him up with a large dip net. When a bush, log or bundle of grass comes up in the nets the drum stops until the obstacle is removed. It is interesting to see the different kinds and sizes of fish move rapidly up the side of the vessel. Each one seems to enter a vigorous protest against the employment of the powerful labor saving machines intended for their destruction.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Nov. 25. 1916