The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswegatchie (Propeller), 24 Aug 1867

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The New Propeller 'OSWEGATCHIE.' - The Northern Transportation Company has just added another to the splendid fleet of steamers which they have on this route between Chicago and Ogdensburgh. The most recent triumph of the enterprize of this firm touched at this port last evening on her way to Ogdensburgh. She is as handsome a piece of marine architecture as we have seen recently, and is destined to make the line still more popular with the public.
The hull of the OSWEGATCHIE was built at the Marine Railway in Ogdensburgh, during the last winter, from plans and specifications drawn by Capt. A.C. Keating, the energetic and efficient Superintendent of the line, who has performed the same office in the construction of nearly all the steamers of the line. He also personally superintended the construction of the OSWEGATCHIE. She is not only beautiful and symmetrical in mold, but she is as strong as wood and iron can make her. Her staterooms, cabins, saloons, etc., are all in keeping, being fitted up and furnished most admirably. Persons or families traveling upon her will find themselves surrounded by all the comforts of a good hotel. She has sixteen double staterooms richly furnished, while nothing can be in better taste and more comfortable than her ladies cabin and all its apartments.
      Her Builders.
      Mr. Pierson of Ogdensburgh, was foreman or master mechanic at the yard, where her hull was constructed. After she was launched last Spring, she was towed to Cleveland where she was
completed. her cabin work was done under the direction of Mr. W. Morris, of Cleveland and her engines were built at the Cuyahoga Steam Engine Works, under the Superintendence of S.C. Sturdevant, Chief Engineer of the line.
      The OSWEGATCHIE is 148 feet in length over all, has 26 feet beam, 12 feet hold, 378 tons burthen and draws ten feet of water. Her engine is of 800 horse power; diameter of cylinder 26 + inches, with 86 inches stroke. her boilers are 8 feet in diameter and 18 ft. in length. She makes with ease when loaded, twelve miles per hour, and is without doubt the fastest, as she is in all other respects the best boat in the line.
The officers of the OSWEGATCHIE are as follows: Captain - A.W. Rosman. First mate - Michael Shortell. Second Mate - John Murry. First Engineer - Samuel Genther. Second Engineer - Copeland. Steward - John Shannon. To show something of the enterprise with which Capt. Keating pushes the business, we will state from the main deck upward the OSWEGATCHIE was entirely constructed and fitted up in the short space of five weeks.
      She is altogether a craft of which the builders and the company may well be proud, she is certainly a credit to all concerned, and we have no doubt she is destined to become a favorite with the traveling public.
The OSWEGATCHIE will, on her return trip, reach this port on Tuesday next, when we doubt not, many of our citizens will take occasion to look over her fine proportions and elegant work.
      Oswego Advertiser & Times
      August 24, 1867

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William R. McNeil
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Oswegatchie (Propeller), 24 Aug 1867