The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), May 24, 1867

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FROM THE ATLANTIC TO THE LAKES. - A number of steam tugs of large size are now on their way to the lakes from the Atlantic coast. The Oswego, from New York, via the St. Lawrence, arrived at Quebec on the 13th of May. She was eighteen days to New York to that point. She left Quebec for Oswego on the evening of the 15th inst. The Oswego was built at Philadelphia, and rendered valuable service on Lakes Erie and Huron, prior to the rebellion.

From Grand Haven we learn that Capt. Heber Squires has just purchased a large tug in New York city, which is now on her way to that point, via the Canadian canals. She is designed mainly as a wrecker, and it is thought she will be the largest tug on Lake Michigan. She is only two yeaars old,* and her engine power is equal to the tug G. W. Wood, of Chicago. The price paid for her was $9,000 - less by over one-half what it would cost to build a new one on the lakes. She is called the Tempest.

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*She was actually somewhat older than that, having been built at Philadelphia in 1854. The Oswego was launched in June, 1857.
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May 24, 1867
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), May 24, 1867