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Ogontz (Propeller), 1 May 1848

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A new and splendid propeller has just been launched at Cleveland, intended for the Sandusky trade. Her name is "O'GONZT" - good name.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Saturday, April 15, 1848

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      THE PROPELLER OGONTZ. - This beautiful new steam vessel came in this morning, it being her first appearance in our bay. She is truly a fine craft, complete in all her arrangements, and well calculated for business, a share of which she must receive. Her speed, upon her first effort, was ten miles an hour, which will doubtless be somewhat increased hereafter. The OGONTZ was built at Cleveland, for the owners, Messrs. H.L. and C.W. Marsh and Dr. A. Austin of this place, and L.O. Matthews, Cleveland. Her keel was laid by Messrs Sanford & Moses, on the 15th. of January last. Her engine was commenced at the same time by Mr. Edward Reese. We like the arrangement of the engine on this propeller better than that of any other we have seen, and for strength, power and compactness, we think it would be hard to beat. She was completed and in running order, on the 6th. inst.
      Her dimensions are as follows:- length of keel, 152 feet 7 inches; breadth of beam, 22 feet 9 and a half inches; depth of hold, 10 feet 3 and a half inches. Her burthen is 343.37/95 tons, custon house measurement. Her draft of water is 5 feet light - 8 feet and a half feet when loaded.
      She has capacity for carrying 15,000 bushels of wheat, or 4,100 bbls. flour, and a pleasant upper cabin, very neatly furnished with state-rooms for the accommodation of 50 passengers.
      Capt. Lyman F. Crowl is her commander, and M.T. Miner, Esq. Clerk, gentlemen of known experience and ability.
      The OGONTZ commences buisness today, and is expected to make one trip a week during the season, between Sandusky City and Buffalo. - Daily Sanduskian
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Thursday Evening, May 11, 1848

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      O'GONTZ. - (Phoebus what a name !) -- But this, says the Cleveland Plain Dealer, of the 1st. instant, is the name of a new and splendid propeller, launched this afternoon from the ship-yard of Sanford and Moses. What is still more remarkable about this vessel, is the unprecedented short time she has been in building. Her keel was laid on the 15th. of January last, and she goes into the water with her engine partly set up, her upper works nearly completed, and the whole to be finished by the 20th, ready to commence her season's buisness. For this extraordinary despatch much credit is due to Messrs. Sanford & Moses, the builders -- but more to the go-ahead superintending agent, Mr. M.F. Miner. She is owned by the Messrs. Marshs & Austin, of Sandusky, and L.O. Mathews, of this city. She is to be in the Sandusky trade, and to run in connection with the Pittsburgh and Cleveland Line of boats.
      Beat this who can . From keel to launching sixty working days.
      Buffalo Republic
      Wednesday, April 5, 1848

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Steam screw OGONTZ. Of 343 tons. Built Ohio City, Ohio, 1848. First home port, Sandusky, Ohio. DISPOSITION:-- Rig changed to a bark August 5, 1861.
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S.
      Lytle - Holdcamper List, 1790 to 1868
      Enrollment Port of Toledo
      Propeller OGONTZ.
Enrollment issued November 8, 1851. Managing Owner, Jesse L. Norton, of Toledo, Ohio with Isaac P. Thompson. Propeller OGONTZ, of Toledo. Built Ohio City, Ohio in 1848. Captain Jesse L. Norton. Of 343.37 tons. One wheel: Scroll head: Two Decks: One mast:
Formerly enrolled at Buffalo dated April 3, 1850,

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Ogontz (Propeller), 1 May 1848