The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
O. S. Howard (Tug), 10 Apr 1851

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The New Steam Tug "O.S. HOWARD"
We understand from Mr. A.C. Mattoon, the Proprietor of this trim little steamer, that she will be ready for business by the 18th inst. She is designed expressly for towing canal boats and vessels in and about our harbor; and we should judge from the appearance of her machinery, which is now being placed in the boat, that she would accomplish fully what she is intended for.
Her entire length is 90 feet - 25 feet beam over all. Her machinery was built by N.B. Starbuck, Esq., of Troy. She has one of Montgomery¹s patent tubular boilers, 380 tubes, 700 feet fire surface. The boiler is fed by a patent force pump, worked separate from her main engines, using only steam enough to force any given number of gallons of water into the boiler per minute - thus avoiding the danger of an explosion from lack of water in the boilers.
She has two high pressure engines, 14 inch bore, and 42 inch stroke each. Her shafts disconnect and connect, which will facilitate her operations in turning in a short space, and allow her to handle her tows with safety, while the immense power of her engines will enable her to take a tow of almost any magnitude against the strong current of the river. Her entire cost will be about $10,000.
Our townsman, Mr. Peter Lamoree, is the builder, and so far as we are capable of judging, the owner could not have made a better selection from the number of resident boat builders in this city.
This boat is just the thing so long needed in our harbor, and we trust her proprietor will receive an ample remuneration for his enterprise and investment. The office of the boat will be kept at Bronson & Crocker¹s.
      Oswego Daily Times
      Thursday, April 10, 1851

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O. S. Howard (Tug), 10 Apr 1851