The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
William P. Fessenden (Steamboat), 16 Jul 1869

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U. S. REVENUE CUTTER FESSENDEN AT PORT HURON -- July 16, 1869 -- In Port -- The revenue Cutter FESSENDEN arrived up Monday night and was lying off the Grand Trunk freight depot. The FESSENDEN is the only cutter on the lakes now in service. The others at present being in commission (sic.) She is one of the finest craft afloat, about 500 tons register, carrying four guns, Dalghren brass 24 pounders, and furnished with as good an engine as is to be found on the lakes. She is now in her fourth yes of service, having come out in 1865. Her crew consists of fifty men and she is officered as follows: Capt. G. Knapp; Ist Lt. G.W.King; 2nd Lt. W.F. Reynolds, Jr; 3rd Lt. Thomas Mason; Chief engineer, M.H. Plunkett; 1st assistant J.L. Riley; 2nd assistant C.I. Price; Boatswain Chas. Denkie; Gunner Joseph Furlong; Carpenter, Thomas Youd.
Capt. Knapp is one of the oldest and most experienced navigators in the lake service having been lieutenant in command of a ship as far back as 1819. The Officers are gentlemanly and are as hospitable as any men that it has been our pleasure to meet and we are under obligations for courtesies extended during our visit aboard. Successful and pleasant cruising to the FESSENDEN and those on board.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      July 16, 1869

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William P. Fessenden (Steamboat), 16 Jul 1869