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Oswego (Tug), 8 Jul 1857

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The New Tug "OSWEGO." - The new steam tug OSWEGO, built in Philadelphia, and owned and commanded by Capt. J. Kimball, arrived in our harbor from Philadelphia about 2 P.M. on the 4th, by way of the St. Lawrence, in 14 days. The OSWEGO is a staunch and beautiful craft in every respect, and is admired by every judge of marine architecture. She measures 160 tons burthen and is the largest tug in our harbor. Her trip around from Philadelphia proved the power and perfection of her engine, and the speed and sea worthiness of the tug, and she came out of the ordeal with honor ant satisfaction.
      Yesterday afternoon she made an excursion to Port Ontario with a party of invited guests, who were delighted with her good qualities. She is designed to be employed on the St. Clair Flats, and will leave for that destination in a few days.
      Oswego Palladium
      Wednesday, July 8, 1857

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      The new steam tug Oswego, owned and commanded by Capt. J. Kimball, arrived here Saturday afternoon from Philadelphia, Pa., via the St. Lawrence. She was only 14 days is in coming from the Delaware breakwater to this port, including detentions. From Ogdensburgh here she made the passage in 9 1/2 hours, which is called pretty good speed. An account of her voyage by sea, river and lake, will be found below, which may be of some interest to our readers.
The Oswego was built in Philadelphia, by Hillman & Streaker, and her engine and boiler were manufactured by Rainby, Neavin & Co. On deck she is 106 feet 6 inches, length of keel 97 ft., beam 19 ft. 4 inches. Her tonnage is 163 tons, 204 horsepower, and carries 70 tons of coal. She is a very strong and powerful boat, and is well calculated for hard service. For strength, model and manner of construction, we doubt whether she has any superior on the lakes. She cost $19,000.
The Oswego will leave in a few days for the St. Clair Flats, where she will be employed during the remainder of the season. She has two pumps, one the Worthington, and all the necessary apparatus for wrecking purposes.
      Log Of The Steam Tug Oswego
June 15 - At 6 P.M., left Arch Street Wharf, and proceeded down the river with pilot on board. Arrived at Chester, 16 1/2 miles, in 1 hour and 45 minutes.
June 19 - Left Chester at 7 A.M.; at 10 A.M. stopped at New Castle, and took on board some wood. At half past 10 left and proceeded down the river. Winds from The S.E. and raining. At noon passed Duck Creek light. At 2 P.m. passed Cross Rip light boat. Going 7 knots with strong head winds and tide, with 35 lbs. steam. At half past 5 came to anchor at the breakwater.
June 20 - At 6 A.M. left the breakwater for Halifax - winds high, thick fog. At 7 A.M. passed Cape May. Going 8 knots with 42 lbs. steam - heavy sea from the S.E. At noon winds light, 7 1/2 knots - 35 lbs. steam; smooth sea; Sun obscure.
June 21 - This day begins with strong winds and thick fog. At 3 P.M. saw a broken spar standing upright in the water. Midnight - strong winds and clear weather - 40 lbs steam. At 4 A.M. thick -winds light. At 4 A.M. 22 lbs steam; at noon thick.
June 22 - Light winds and thick weather. At 1 P.M. sounded for 17 1/2 fathoms. Sandy bottom. At 9 o¹clock 45 fathoms - winds light, thick fog -36 lbs. steam. At 12 noon 30 Fathoms, sand and broken shells - thick fog and light winds.
June 23 - Light winds, thick fog. At 2 P.M. sounded and found 30 fathoms. At 6 P.M. 40 fathoms, sandy bottom. At 8 a.m. saw a large spar with no rigging attached. At 10 A.M. spoke the American barque Title Wave from Mediterranean bound to Boston. Cape Sable, bearing N.W. by N.; distance 40 miles.
June 24 - Strong winds and clear weather. At 6 P.M. made Ram Island bearing N.N.W., a distance of 6 miles. At 12 midnight, passed Cross Island light. At 4 A.M. Sambro light, 4 miles. Half past 5 o¹clock stopped at the Commercial Wharf at Halifax.
June 25 - Fine weather. Took in 10 tons Lehigh coal out of an American brig from Philadelphia. At 7 o'clock A.M. left the wharf for sea - 8 o'clock passed Devil's Islands; winds west. At 10 o¹clock A.M. Jedore Head. At 12 noon Pope's harbor. Saw a ship steering to the eastward. Dark and cloudy weather.
June 26 - Dark and cloudy weather. At half-past 1 passed Beaver Island light - American ship ashore on the Island with lower mast standing - 40 lbs. steam. At 8 P.M. passed White Head light. At 4 P.M. winds light. At 10 o'clock hove by off Canso light. At 4 P.M. winds light. Several sail in sight. At 7 A.M. passed Edy Point. Passing through Canso strong tide against us. A large number of fishing schooners at anchor. At 9 passed Cape Jack light. At noon Cape George. Weather dark and cloudy - 30 lbs. steam.
June 27 - Strong winds from the N.W. and rainy. A pilot spoke to us. At 4 P.M. made fast to wharf in Picton for coal. Weather thick. At 6 AM. commenced to take on coal. Strong winds from the north.
June 28 - Strong winds from the north. At half past 4 P.M. left the coal wharves for sea. Took branch pilot on board, who ran us ashore. At half past 5 passed Picton island - 5 o'clock Prim Point light - 30 lbs steam. At 12 midnight, Cape Traverse - 8 fathoms water. At 7 o'clock A.M. west point of Prince Edward's Island. Several large brigs at anchor under the point. Saw a large quantity of seals. At half -past 10 A.M. passed Escuminiac Point light. Weather fine.
June 29 - Strong winds and clear weather, 40 lbs steam. At 4 P.M. took a Quebec pilot out of a schr. bound for Gaspe. Midnight, strong gales from the N.E. under low steam, heavy sea, lost some coal overboard. Passed Bonaventure Island. Winds strong, thick heavy sea. At 4 passed Cape Gaspe. Two ships in sight, bound up the gulf. At half-past 6 passed Cape Rosier light-house. Latter part of day fine winds. Several sail in sight; 45 lbs. steam.
June 30 - Light winds and clear weather; 40 lbs. steam; 2 knots tide against us. At 4 P.M. St. Louis river; At 8 Cape St. Ann. Two vessels at anchor in the bay. A large quantity of snow on the mountains of St. Ann. At midnight passed Point deMonts light. Several ships steering up the gulf. At 9 A.M. Bioquette light. Weather fine; 48 lbs steam; 2 1/2 knots tide against us. At 12 noon passed Barque Island - Strong winds and clear weather. Several sail in sight. Ebb tide.
July 1 - Strong winds from the N.N.E. and light rain. At 1 o¹clock passed Green Island light-house. At 3 P.M. saw several large ships at anchor bound out of the Gulf. Strong winds from the N.N.E. - Strong ebb tide against us, about 4 knots. Passed several large ships going up. At 8 P.M. up with Traverse light ship. Tide with us. At Pillar light, Steamship Canadian ashore on Pillar Rock - full of water. Several ships at anchor. At 2 A.M. up at Quebec; lost chain and anchor, came to wharf. At 9 A.M. left for Montreal. At 10 passed the steamboat Montreal, burnt up, with loss of about 300 passengers.
July 2 - Fine weather and light winds from the N.E. - running for Montreal - tide with us 2 knots; 48 lbs. steam. At 4 P.M. St. Peter's light. Strong tide against us. At half past 6 up with Three Rivers, 90 miles. At 1 A.M. come to anchor 36 miles from Montreal. At half-past 4 got under way. Weather fine; winds light. At 9 A.M. arrived at the wharf in Montreal. Commenced taking coal and clearing out boiler.
July 3 - Fine weather. At 6 P.M. went into the canal. At 11 P.M. left Montreal. Arrived at Beauharnois Canal half-past 4 in the morning. Stopped till 8 at mouth of canal. Repairing gate. Weather fine.
July 4 - Fine weather. Winds from the west. At 1 A.M. left Beauharnois Canal and crossed Lake St. Francis. Arrived at Cornwall Canal half-past 4 A.M., passed on the propeller boat Kingston for Montreal. At 15 minutes to 8 A.M. stopped at French Creek. - Landed pilot. At 20 minutes past 7 up with Cape Vincent. Winds S.W. At 12 noon going 15 knots, 50 lbs steam. At 15 to 2 P.M. arrived at Oswego, all right - 14 days from Philadelphia.
      Oswego Daily Times
      Tuesday, July 7, 1857

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Oswego (Tug), 8 Jul 1857