The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
William P. Fessenden (Cutter), 22 Jun 1865

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REVENUE CUTTER LAUNCHED. - At half past 10 o'clock yesterday morning, one of the two revenue cutters, in the course of construction at the ship yard of E.M. Peck & Co., on the Cuyahoga River, under the supervision of Captain Knapp, of the Revenue service, was successfully launched. She is to carry six guns, and is 175 feet in length; beam, 24 feet; depth of hold, 11 feet. Messrs. Fletcher Harris, & Co., of the North River iron works, manufactured the engines. The other cutter will be ready to launch in two or three weeks. Both cutters are to be completed by the 10th. of August. - Cleveland Leader
      Erie Daily Dispatch
      Friday, June 23, 1865

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The new revenue cutter FESSENDEN made a trial trip from Cleveland on Thursday. The Herald in speaking of her performance says: The engine of the WILLIAM P. FESSENDEN yesterday made thirty-two turns with forty-five pounds of steam on. Her action was beautiful.
      Erie Daily Dispatch
      Monday, September 18, 1865

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      A trial trip was made from Cleveland on Thursday last with the new revenue cutter W.P. FESSENDEN, lately constructed at that city. The trial proved satisfactory.
      Erie Daily Dispatch
      Tuesday, September 19, 1865

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      TRIAL TRIP OF THE "W.P. FESSENDEN" - On Friday , the new Revenue Cutter, " W.P. FESSENDEN," made a trip from this port to Erie, Pa., for the purpose of testing her speed, a distance of ninety miles. She left Buffalo at 12:02 and arrived at Erie at 5:20 P.M., making the trip in five hours and eighteen minute - an avarage 15 4-10 miles an hour. This is considered fast time for a vessel this class. Gen. Barry accompanied the cutter on this trip.
      Buffalo Evening Post
      Monday, June 25, 1866

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NOTE:- The first of the two revenue cutters mentioned in the June 23rd. article was the JOHN SHERMAN

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William P. Fessenden (Cutter), 22 Jun 1865