The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
George Jennison (Propeller), 1 May 1862

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TRIAL TRIP OF THE TUG " GEORGE JENNISON." - Yesterday afternoon, the new tug GEORGE JENNISON, belonging to Messrs. E.A. & A.A. Swan, took a large cargo of passengers on a short trial trip outside of the harbor. She has been built during the past winter, at the yard of Van Slyke and Notter, and is of the following dimensions: Length of keel, 47 feet; length overall, 53 feet; breadth of beam, 12 feet; depth of hold, 6 feet. The engine, built at the Shephard Iron Works, has a 14 x 14 cylinder and is 40 horse power. The boiler is built of the same thickness of iron as is used in large steamers, and everything connected with the craft and its machinery is of the strongest description. It is named after Mr. Jennison, firm of Sprague & Jennison, commission merchants, New York, and a handsome set of colors, presented by the sponsor of the little steamer, floated in the breeze as she made her first essay in the waters of the lake. She is to be used for towing purposes in and about the harbor, and will undoubtedly be popular.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Friday, May 2, 1862

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George Jennison (Propeller), 1 May 1862