The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Aida (Steam yacht), 10 Jul 1885

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A New Steam Yacht - A Fine Craft Being Built at Goble and Macfarlane - The frame of the new steam yacht, AIDA, being built by Goble Macfarlane, of this city, for Mr. W.B. Coggswell of Syracuse, is up and nearly ready for the plank. The boat will be 66 feet keel, 70 feet overall, 10 feet beam and 6 1/2 feet deep and will draw 4 1/2 feet of water aft and 3 1/2 feet forward. The model of the yacht, which was made by Oswego parties and constructed with a view to speed and comfort, is conceded by all who have seen it, to be one of the finest ever made here, and it is expected when she receives the machinery, which is being built at the Kingsford Iron Works, she will be very fast.
As soon as the yacht is finished, which will be as soon as possible, she will be taken to the islands and her speed tested with some of the crack boats of the river, after which she will probably be sold. The boat will be fitted up in an elegant manner and will be equipped with a Fitzgibbons patent horizontal marine boiler, 42 inch shell and 10 feet long, which will be constructed of the best Bessemer steel. She will have a double engine; 10 1/4 x 12 and be propelled by a four foot screw. Nothing but the best material will be used in both the hull and machinery and only first class mechanics employed, as it is the intention of the owner to build one of the speediest boats on fresh water. It is to be hoped that some of our home yachtsmen will not let such a desirable craft be taken from Oswego.
      Oswego Palladium
      July 10, 1885

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William R. McNeil
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Aida (Steam yacht), 10 Jul 1885