The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
O. W. Cheney (Propeller), 27 May 1881

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Yesterday afternoon Capt. Thomas Maytham's new tug, the O.W. CHENEY, was launched from the shipyard of the Union Drydock Co., at the foot of Chicago St. She is a very fine looking boat, and reflects much credit on her builder and designer, Capt. Drake.
Her dimensions have already been published in the Express, and we need only add that she will be fitted out in the most complete manner, and when ready for service will be one of the finest tugs in the harbor. She cost in the neighborhood of $12,000, and will be commanded by Capt. John Wysoon, a skillful and popular tug master.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      May 27, 1881 4-5

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Captain Thomas Maytham,'s new tug O. W. CHENEY was launched this afternoon at the Union Dry Dock Company's ship yards. The CHENEY is a fine looking craft. She is seventy feet long, sixteen feet beam, and nine feet hold. Her engine has a cylinder 18 x 22 inches. She has an Otis steel boiler six and one-half feet shell and thirteen feet long. The tug cost about $12,000, and will rank among the most powerful in the harbor. She will be commanded by Captain John Wyzoon.
      Cleveland Herald
      Friday, May 27, 1881

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O. W. Cheney (Propeller), 27 May 1881