A Splendid Canal Boat - One of the largest and staunchest boats ever built for the canals is now lying at the dock-yard in Texas. It is owned by Geo. A. Marsden, of Texas, and was built by S.M. Robinson of Oswego. The keel was laid about the 10th day of last May, and the boat was launched on the first of August.
It is constructed all through of the very best material. The frame is of chestnut, except fore and aft, which is of oak. The boat is 90 feet and 7 inches in length, 10 feet four inches in depth, 17 feet, 8 inches in breadth. No larger boat can float through the Erie Canal. The capacity is 250 tons. It draws 12 inches when not loaded and bets are made that she will carry 8,200 bushels of wheat in six feet of water.
It is supposed that she will carry more grain than any other grain than any other canal boat that ever left Oswego. The timber used in her construction was got near Texas and the iron from the Troy Rolling Mill. Taken altogether she is a model boat. She will be taken to Oswego this week, and will then be named. (Mexico Independent).
Oswego Advertiser & Times
Wednesday, August 21, 1867