The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
William H. Houghton (Canal boat), 17 Jun 1867

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New Canal Boat. - As we passed along on the iron bridge Saturday, we noticed a new canal boat laying moored in the river just above. It bears the name of the Wm. H. HOUGHTON and was built at Texas by the popular boat builder, Mr. Simon Robinson, of this city. Its length is 96 7 1/4, depth 9 feet, breath 17 5/12. and is altogether one of the staunchest looking crafts we have seen in this harbor for many a day. The captain, John McDonald, an old and experienced canal boatman, is master and owner, and has had the same constructed for himself. Its capacity is 8,000 bushels of wheat. She is light , commodious and well fastened. We expect to hear a good report from the WM. H. HOUGHTON. All success to the HOUGHTON captain, builder, &c. P.s. The Wm. H. Houghton was loaded with 7,967 bushels of wheat for L.B. Robs.
      Oswego Advertiser & Times
      Monday, June 17, 1867

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William H. Houghton (Canal boat), 17 Jun 1867