The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Russell Sage (Propeller), 23 Oct 1916

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Sale of the 'RUSSELL SAGE'
      Old Steamer Will Have Machinery Removed and Made Into Tow Barge.
      The old steamer RUSSELL SAGE, or all that is left of her, and which for two or three years has been lying on the bottom of the new harbor near the Oswego Manufacturing Company's docks, was sold today through Charles C. Buel, the vessel broker, to Alfonse Derochler, of Sorel, Quebec.
      It is understood that the SAGE is intended for the Mcnaughton Company, which recently took over the old Hanna fleet. The price is said to have been in the neighborhood of $3.500. The new owners plan to remove the boiler and engine and make a tow barge of the SAGE after she has been repaired. The boiler is to be used in another of the company's boats, it is said, and the engine, which is of an old type and which has been pretty well looted by junk thieves, is to be scrapped.
      The hull is intact and the sides are good, but the deck beams need replacing and the cabin and upper works are gutted and will require rebuilding. The new owners will pump the Sage oput and tow her to Ogdensburg, where repairs will be made during the coming winter.
      Oswego Palladium
      October 23, 1916

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Russell Sage (Propeller), 23 Oct 1916