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Hiram Perry Jr. (Tug), 1 Apr 1857

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TUGS -- Peter P. Wright's new tug is nearly complete, so far as the hull is concerned. It is very staunchly built, of beautiful model, and will do credit to Rogers, her builder. The machinery, which is to be constructed by Talcott & Underhill, is being completed with all practical expedition.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Tuesday, April 14, 1857

Propeller HIRAM PERRY Jr. of 75 tons, built at Oswego in 1857 by Rogers. Owned by A. Smith. Home port, Oswego. Class A1. Value $6,000.
      Board of Lake Underwriters
      Marine Register, 1861

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Launch of Capt. Wright's New Tug. - The new steam-tug HIRAM PERRY Jr., built in the
ship-yard of ex-Alderman Rogers, for Capt. Peter P. Wright, was launched yesterday afternoon in the presence of a large number of spectators, and "sank into ocean's
arms," in fine style. The boat is considered an excellent one combining strength, durability, speed and economy in happy proportions, and is, more-over, a triumph of Oswego mechanism, being constructed in every part by Oswego mechanics.
Last evening a large and happy company consisting of the owners, builders, mechanics and invited guests, partook of an oyster supper at Mooney's, in commemoration of the launch. It was a season of much conviviality, and many toasts were offered complimenting Capt. Wright on the success which has so signally crowned his enterprise. Capt. Wright responded that when he commenced with the old tug SCHUYLER, he had nothing but his hands. He was not the fortunate possessor of the REED and the PERRY, and the degree of success he had attained he felt grateful for and expressed his obligations to his numerous friends.
Alderman Rogers was called out and made a few remarks appropriate to the occasion, tendering his thanks for the compliments which has been bestowed upon his workmanship. He hoped to be able to attend the launch of many more boats from the docks of Oswego. he concluded with toasting the builders of the engine in the new boat.
This called out George Talcott, Esq., of the firm of Talcott & Underhill. He responded at some length and gave a very interesting description of the boat's machinery. He thought this experiment would demonstrate that Oswego was able to construct vessels as well and as cheaply as any other locality. With regard to the PERRY, her boiler was different from that of any other boat in the harbor. It was designed to possess the same power and strength as the old model, and at the same time make an important saving in the item of fuel. It would soon be demonstrated whether the experiment had been successful. Mr. Talcott's remarks were extended at some length in praise of the enterprise and skill of Oswego mechanics in all departments, and were listed to with great attention.
Numerous volunteer sentiments were offered by different gentlemen present, many of which would be worth recording, but space compels us to "drop the subject" with the
expression of our satisfaction at the programme, and our hearty congratulations to the
owners and builders, one and all, of the HIRAM PERRY Jr. "Long may she wave!"
      Oswego Daily Times
      Tuesday, May 19, 1857

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Peter P. Wright's New Tug. - The new steam tug "H. PERRY. Jr.," made a short experimental trip yesterday morning, on the Lake. Her boiler had been fired up but a few times, and owing to the 'foaming' only a small head of steam was raised, not exceeding thirty pounds, and sometimes below that, while her ordinary head when in running order will be about sixty pounds.
The performances of the tug, however, came fully up to expectations, and the engine
worked admirably, and will reflect great credit upon its manufacturers, Messrs. Talcott &
Underhill. It works very smoothly, and new as it is, scarcely a jar is felt, and when her
'bearings' are set up snug there will be still less. There are some advantages and improvements in the engine and boiler not usually found in those of this class.
The crank shaft is a solid piece of wrought iron, and has but two bearings, thus saving
friction and securing simplicity and convenience; the head of the steam chest is set on the side and can be removed in a few moments, rendering any difficulty in the valves readily accessible, and avoiding the loss of time in such emergencies and a great improvement is the savings in friction at the head of the propeller's shaft, which runs on a small pivot the size of a half dollar, and is kept constantly lubricated by an oil cup and a piece of wicking, thus also saving time and trouble in oiling.
The boiler also has several improvements, and is in all respects of very superior make. We think this boiler and engine of the PERRY will prove the ability of Messrs. Talcott & Underhill, to turn out as good marine engines as any other establishment in the interior. When the PERRY is in good running order, she will show what she can do.
      Oswego Palladium
      Thursday, June 11, 1857

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Hiram Perry Jr. (Tug), 1 Apr 1857