The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Fessenden (Revenue Cutter), 7 Nov 1879

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      The revenue cutter Fessenden has gone into winter quarters with the prestige of having done the biggest season's work ever performed on fresh waters. The following abstract from her report will serve to give some idea of what she has accomplished:
Number of vessels boarded . . . . . . . . . . . 3,253
Number of vessels reported . . . . . . . . . . . . .323
Number of miles steamed . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4,960
Number of miles of yawl boat duty . . . . . 4,397
Number of lives saved . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Number of vessels assisted . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
The amount of penalties incurred by vessels that have been reported is $85,782, exclusive of over $20,000 alien tonnage duties. The Fessenden came out on May 27, and finished on October 31. This is a record which every officer and seaman on the vessel may well be proud of. It is a record that shows the Fessenden has done her duty, and although many vessels have been the losers by her vigilance, still they have only themselves to blame for their neglect.
Below is a list of her officers when she was laid up:
      Captain - Geo. R. Slicer
      First Lieutenant - D. F. Tozler
      Second Lieutenant - J. B. Batt
      Third Lieutenant - J. F. Wild
      Chief Engineer - J. M. Case
      Assistant Engineer - T. B. Brown
      Boatswain - Wm. Drew
      Master-at-Arms - John Cusick
To this list must be added pilot Wagstaff, not be any means the least in either importance or avoirdupois. Also a crew of 30 men.
As yet all of the above officers are on waiting orders, and the opening of navigation next spring may see some of them, perhaps all, away at distant stations; but if they should by any stroke of chance or good fortune be assigned once more to the Fessenden, their hosts of friends in Detroit will welcome them back with open arms, for they are true gentlemen in every sense that term implies.
      Detroit Post and Tribune
      November 5, 1879

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William R. McNeil
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Fessenden (Revenue Cutter), 7 Nov 1879