The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
N. Robins (Tug), 19 Apr 1853

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Trial Trip Of The N. Robins. - Yesterday afternoon this little propeller craft went out into the lake with a view to try her machinery, which is constructed upon a plan entirely new in this region, being oscillating in its movements. She worked admirably, and considering that everything about the machinery was entirely new, this trial trip was
satisfactory, both to the owners of the boat and builders of the machinery.
The engine which is an exceedingly well finished piece of work, was built at the extensive iron works of Mr. Shepard, Buffalo, and her dimensions are stated as follows: cylinder 20 inch bore, 30 inch stroke, 106 horse power, and will average 75 revolutions per minute. The boiler was built by Messrs. Smith & King, of this city, who are rated as among the first in their line of business, and propose to enter largely into the manufacture of steam boilers.
The N. Robins was built by Thomas Dobbie, and is owned by Dobbie & Manwarring. She is designed expressly as a tow-boat, and will no doubt fully answer the purpose of her proprietors. The boat, like its namesake, is a very trim looking craft, and is bound to go ahead.
      Oswego Daily Times
      Wednesday, April 20, 1853

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N. Robins (Tug), 19 Apr 1853