The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Marian (Propeller), 21 Jun 1890

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Early this morning, after a successful trip, the canal steambarge MARIAN and barges BREAKY, LADOO, WELLINGTON SMITH and WINONA arrived with 1,000 tons of coal from Hoboken, N. Y., for Ottawa. The coal was consigned by Messrs. Perry and Alger, who intend running a line of barges in the coal trade between New York and Kingston and Ottawa, if the trade will warrant it in this direction and if the expense of the trip are not too high. This is the first trip that has been made on the new route and so far is highly satisfactory.
      The steambarge and four barges came across the lake without experiencing any trouble. As it is only customary for a steambarge and two barges laden to venture across the lake from Oswego, those who saw the MARIAN leave Oswego predicted that disaster would happen to the fleet.
      The Commodore is Capt. Percy, who was purser on the Mail Line steamers for many years. The trip was made from Oswego in 22 hours.
The barges came up the Hudson River, through the Erie Canal to Syracuse and from there to Oswego then across the lake to the city.
The barges were brought across at the rate of 4 miles an hour. The engine in the MARIAN is a 100 H. P. and the boiler is of Scotch design.
The steambarge is entirely new, only being in existence for 8 months. On her trial trip she ran from Buffalo to New York, 500 miles in 5 days. Last winter she was in service on Chesapeake Bay, North Carolina and Virginia. She carried mail and railway ties. The boats will not leave here until Monday.
      Daily British Whig, Kingston
      June 21, 1890

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Marian (Propeller), 21 Jun 1890