S. P. Chase (Cutter), 15 Aug 1866
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The CHASE On Her Nerve. - For some time the Canadian steamboat men have been chuckling over the success of one or two of their steamers in passing the Revenue Cutter CHASE, while cruising the river. The CHASE is a coal burning vessel, and cannot, therefore, get up steam so rapidly as the wood burning vessels, and hence their success in taking her without notice.
On Thursday, the SPARTAN, of the Canadian line, left her dock at Prescott just thirteen minutes before the CHASE Started for Lewiston with the Second Assistant Treasurer. She reached Brockville a few minutes in advance of the Cutter, and had swung into the river again as the latter came up her bell was run to let her go fast and off she started on a race. The CHASE having had time to make steam, soon passed her contestant, and was rapidly leaving her astern when her blower gave out.
During the interval which was required to repair it, the SPARTAN nearly gained her lost ground, but as the CHASE began to make steam again she was left a long ways behind. At the time the SPARTAN was last seen, when turning into the British channel above Cross-over Light House, she was a couple of miles astern. - We presume we shall near no bragging by the Canadians over this race. - Ogdensburgh Journal.
Oswego Advertiser & Times
August 15, 1866
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- William R. McNeil
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