The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Brooklyn (Elevator), 10 Jun 1861

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      Floating Grain Elevators. - Here is an item for our forwarders: The first floating elevator in New York was put in operation last Friday. She is called the BROOKLYN, and will soon have a consort - the NEW YORK. Her dimensions are 100 feet long by 22 beam, and she is capable of transshipping, weighing, and screening 5,000 bushels of wheat per hour, direct from the canal-boat to ship, either in the slip or out in the stream. Such an improvement marks an era in the shipping trade of the port.
      Oswego Commercial Times
      June 10, 1861

      Floating Elevator - Among the novelties in Oswego Harbor, a stranger on visiting us, could not fail to notice the Floating Elevator owned by the Old Oswego Line Transportation Company. The company purchased the U.S. steam dredge which formerly operated in this harbor, and completely remodeled it into a most excellent elevator. Yesterday, through the courtesy of Mr. A.H. Failing, we had an opportunity of going on board the elevator while it was in operation.
      The elevator consists of a wide boat, not altogether a Mississippi flat-boat in construction from the center which rises a square tower in which the operation of elevating grain is carried on. The works are driven by a powerful steam engine which works with great smoothness and regularity. When we were on board, the schooner TRAVELER was on one side of the elevator and a canal boat on the other. The cargo on board the TRAVELER was rapidly elevated and weighed, while it was spouted into a canal boat on the other side. The elevator is capable of raising and weighing 4,000 bushels of grain per hour. As it can be navigated about to any desired spot, it is certainly a most convenient and powerful elevator. It adds materially to the elevating capacity of our harbor, and we doubt not will prove a profitable investment to the enterprising and reliable company to which it belongs.
      Oswego Commercial Times
      October 4, 1861

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Brooklyn (Elevator), 10 Jun 1861