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S. S. Ellsworth (Propeller), U23796, 1 Oct 1873

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Launch of the Ellsworth. - The launch of the steam barge, S.S. Ellsworth, which has been officially announced for several different days, finally occurred shortly after three o'clock yesterday afternoon, from the foot of West 10th street. As is well enough known, she is an old vessel rebuilt, and owned by A.C. Mattoon.
The Ellsworth was built as a schooner on Seneca Lake a few years since, with hinge masts for convenience in passing under bridges, as she has been used in navigating the canals. After running a year or two she was purchased by A.C. Mattoon and converted into a steam barge. In the shape she has run for some time, and is
the craft used the trip to Florida last year, which is well remembered.
      A few weeks since, her owner wishing to use her in the barley trade, caused her to be hauled up to the shore, cut in two near the middle and had twenty-five feet added to her length, making her now 126 feet long over all.
She is not remarkably fine shape, only 13 feet 10 inches beam and 9 feet hold. She is expected to carry 10,000 bushels of wheat. The work of rebuilding or lengthening her was done under the supervision of John Riley.
After the launch yesterday she was towed into the old harbor by the tug, Morey, which also assisted at the launch. She is now being completed and will be ready for business very shortly.
      Oswego Daily Times,
      Thurs., Oct. 9, 1873

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      Another Launch.
There was quite an assemblage of ladies and gentlemen on the lake shore, near the foot of West Tenth street, yesterday afternoon, to witness the launch of the rebuilt steam barge Ellsworth. Shortly after three o'clock the
shore line was cut, but the craft refused to go faster than a snail pace, the slush on the ways having taken cold.
The crowd enjoyed the treat of seeing a craft launched slowly, for usually launches are so sudden that one does not realize that the vessel has started until she strikes the water. But the owner, Mr. Mattoon, did not favor such a launch, so he hailed the tug Morey, which was in the new harbor, and running a line from the barge to the tug, the launch was made successfully by the aid of a little steam.
      The Ellsworth is now as staunch a craft as floats on the lake, having received as thorough a rebuild as was ever given to a vessel. Twenty five feet have been added to her length amidships, and her dimensions are: Length, 123 feet, beam, 17 feet 6 inches, depth of hold, 8 feet 6 inches. She will carry about 2,000 bushels of wheat, and will run between Detroit, Cleveland and this port. The old ceiling was taken out and new put in, consisting entirely of oak. Double arches have been put in, extending from bow to stern, and her timbers have been doubled throughout. She is thoroughly ironed, being edge bolted, and is now stronger and better than when she was first launched.
The work has been done under the superintendency of Mr. John E. Riley, a good mechanic, one who never slights his work and builds for time. Few thought the Ellsworth when the Ellsworth was hauled out that such a job could be done, but mechanical skill and perseverance, such as are possessed by Mr. Riley, have succeeded in turning out a job, such as is seldom seen, and costing but $4,000.
The Ellsworth will be commanded by Captain L.C. Cole, a competent seaman who has had experience with steam crafts and who will se that she is not beaten by other steam barges. She will be ready for sea the fore part of
next week, and will then wrestle with her fate. Success attend her.
      Oswego Daily Palladium
      Thurs., Oct. 9, 1873

Schooner S.S. ELLSWORTH. U.S. No. 23796. Of 113.49 tons. Home port, Seneca Lake, N.Y.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1871
NOTE: became steam screw in 1871

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S. S. Ellsworth (Propeller), U23796, 1 Oct 1873