Bishop's Derrick (Derrick), 1 Apr 1851
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Bishop's Patent Boom Derrick.---It will be recollected that the U. S. Steam Frigate MISSOURI took fire and was scuttled and sunk at Gibraltar, some seven years since. She has since remained a troublesome and dangerous obstruction in the harbor, although much time and money have been spent in attempts to raise her. Recently, however, responsible parties in Boston have contracted to remove her for $59,000---our Government paying this, out of courtesy to a friendly power. In accomplishing their task the contractors rely upon the power of Bishop's Patent Boom Derrick. This machine has within the last year been employed with great success in raising wrecks, and in other heavy work, in and about the harbor of New York. It is floated from place to place upon a hull of sufficient buoyancy, and since its introduction has superseded the use of all other power for lifting heavy weights. Boilers and bed plates for the ocean steamers, weighing thirty or forty tons, are by it put in place or removed with as much accuracy as eggs are transferred from one basket to another. Wrecks lying in any depth of water are raised and carried into dry dock in less time than was formerly required for planing their removal. (N. Y. Express)
A company has been organized here with a capital of $60,000 to build one of these derricks for hoisting wrecks, &c.,upon our western waters.
Its officers are as follows:--
President, Lucius H. Pratt
Treasurer, A.D. Patchin
Secretary, W.A. Fox
Directors, Aaron D. Patchin; Lucius H. Pratt; John Newman; A.D. Bishop; Watson A. Fox; Charles M. Reed; R. Lefferts
The stock is nearly all taken and the Directors are now receiving proposition for building the vessel, which they intend to have ready for work by the 1st.October. They have already contracted for the engines, two in number, of 800 horse power each.
Buffalo Daily Courier
April 24, 1851
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- William R. McNeil
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