Onondaga (Revenue Cutter), U169296, 1 Apr 1898
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BUFFALO'S LOSS; NAVY'S GAIN.
TWO REVENUE CUTTERS, NEARLY COMPLETED, TO BE MOVED TO THE SEABOARD FOR COMMISSION.
Washington, April 30. -- The revenue cutter ONONDAGA, and her sister ship, the ALGONQUIN, now nearly completed at the Cleveland yards, have been ordered to be got ready for commission with the fighting ships at the earliest possible minute.
In order to allow these large ships to pass through the Welland Canal locks, it is necessary for the Government to cut them squarely in two in the middle, and put them together again when they reach clear sailing. The work of cutting up the boats is now being done, and as it cost $16,000 for the cutting in two and putting together again of each ship, it is not believed the Government will again expend that amount on the same boats in order to get them back to the Great Lakes, even if the come unscathed through the war with Spain, which is not at all certain.
Buffalo, therefore, will not only have to do without the new cutter ONONDAGA during the coming summer, but to wait patiently for one until another appropriation can be got from Congress and another new one built, which will require a year or two, at least. The Department believes the appropriation will be promptly made as soon as the facts are made known to Congress.
Buffalo Evening News
Saturday, April 30, 1898
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- building, Cleveland [for coast]
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- William R. McNeil
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