The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Crusader (Tug), U4935, 24 Jun 1864

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The Tug Boat "CRUSADER." - The perfect success of the trial trip of this boat which took place on Friday last, deserves something more than the passing notice that appeared at the time in our columns. The trial extended from the Lighthouse to the nine mile point and return to the Lighthouse. The return (nine miles) was made in thirty-five minutes, including two stoppages made to gauge the water carefully, as the boiler foamed a little; the engine making easily from eighty to eighty-four turns, with an average pressure of sixty pounds while exhausting outside. Those who attended left with the conviction that after a little use the engine will make over ninety revolutions under the same pressure, and thus produce the uncommon speed of eighteen miles per hour. At considerable distance steam was cut off by the link at near 8-10 of the stroke.
      The hull of this craft, from the yard of Mr. W. A. Kitts, is a fine model, built of the best materials, and staunch in every particular; and is of the following dimensions, viz:
Length of keel, 76 feet.
Breadth of beam, 17 feet, 3 inches.
Depth of hold, 9 feet.
Draft during trial, 8 feet.
      The engine is direct down acting, was built at Ames' Iron Works, and for durability and finish cannot be surpassed, and gives much credit to that enterprising establishment. Size of cylinder, 22 inch diameter by 23 inch stroke; size of propeller wheel, 7 feet 6 inches.
      Another engine of the same size, built at the same place, is now being put into a hull from Clayton, and will be ready for trial in about a month.
      The "CRUSADER" is owned by our enterprising citizens, Messrs. Smith & Post, and is intended for service on the Lake.
      Oswego Daily Palladium
      Friday, June 24, 1864

(Note: This vessel was built in the shipyard on the east side of the harbor. Willard A. Kitts was a partner of Andrew Miller).

Steam screw CURSADER. U. S. No. 4935. Of 64.89 tons gross. Home port, Oswego, N.Y.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1871

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Crusader (Tug), U4935, 24 Jun 1864