The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego (Propeller), 1 Nov 1887

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It appears to be settled that the magnificent new Union Line steamer OSWEGO is not to make a trip this fall, but as she is about completed, the following notice will be of interest: She is built for the Union Steamship Company and will cost $300,000. Her dimensions are: Length over all, 351 feet; between perpendiculars, 326 feet; depth moulded at lowest point, 25 feet 6 inches; beam moulded, 41 feet. The hull is entirely of steel. She has three decks. On the upper deck are houses for officers and crew, steering gear, galley, store-room, mess-rooms, and ice-houses. Metal inclosures surround the hatches, engines, boilers, and companion-ways, to the forecastle. At the bow and stern are solid bulwarks of steel with open rails between. She is rigged as a fore and aft schooner. A donkey boiler is placed on the upper deck abaft funnel , and fitted to work cargo, winches, steering-gear, and pumps. The upper deck is of steel with wood covering. The pilot-house is located above the captain's room. The interior of the pilot-house, captain's offices, and mess-rooms are finished with mahogany, highly polished. The second or main deck is of steel, unsheathed, and clear between end bulkheads, excepting machinery inclosures. The between decks are eight feet six inches in height, well lighted with forty side lights and fitted with five large double hatches and ten gangways for handling cargo. The lower hold is subdivided by six water-tight bulkheads, forming four cargo holds, the machinery and boiler spaces and two collision spaces. The forward or collision bulkhead extends to the upper deck, forming a forecastle on the main deck, in which is placed the steam windlass. Three of the cargo holds have a third ------ deck. The ship is fitted with double bottom three feet deep, forming a ballast tank of about 800 tons capacity. She is designed to carry 2,800 tons of cargo and fuel on 15 feet 6 inches draught of water, and with this load to steam 14 knots or 16 miles per hour.
The cylinders are 28, 42 and one-half, and 72 inches diameter, and 54 inch stroke. These engines are managed from the lower engine-room from the level of the shaft. Steam will be supplied by six boilers, each 11 and one-half feet diameter. The fire-room runs fore and aft between two sets of boilers, which face each other; each boiler has two furnaces 39 inches in diameter, grate bars six feet long, making about 240 feet of grate surface.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Nov. 24, 1887 p. 2

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Oswego (Propeller), 1 Nov 1887