The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Asa R. Swift (Propeller), 1 Sep 1854

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CANAL STEAMER. - The Rochester Union of September 4, states that a new canal steamer propelled by a screw, passed through that city that afternoon. She is just from the yard of Cram & Knapp, and is called the " ASA R. SWIFT."
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Wednesday, September 6, 1854

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STEAM ON THE CANAL.-The Rochester Democrat, of yesterday morning, states that a steam propeller, largest class, designed for canal navigation, built by Cram & Knapp, for Capt. D. Hathaway, went through that city on Monday, Buffalo bound.
She is a beautiful craft and runs handsomely, is designed to carry freight, and can take on about 100 tons. She will also tow two or more boats in addition. her engine was built and put in by Asa R. Swift, of Rochester.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Wednesday, September 6, 1854

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A CANAL PROPELLER.---We saw this morning, alongside of the machine shop of Asa R. Swift, on South St. Paul Street, a new canal propeller, from the yard of Messrs. Cram & Knapp. The boat is of the largest class--admirably built, and will most likely prove successful in the use of steam power.
The wheel for steering is placed nearly amid-ships, and altogether the craft has a sea-going appearance. The boat was built for Mr. Hathaway, and will proceed, all things working well, directly to Buffalo for a cargo.-- Success to the ASA R. SWIFT. ------- Rochester Adv.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Wednesday, September 6, 1854

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We noticed in port ysterday morning, the new canal propeller ASA R. SWIFT, of Rochester. We are informed by her captain that she does not come up to the expectations of her owner or builders. Where there is plenty of water she goes at a moderate rate of speed, and in shallow water her wheel will not move her.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Tuesday, September 12, 1854

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Asa R. Swift (Propeller), 1 Sep 1854