The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily Times (Oswego, NY), Sept. 26, 1857

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Well deserved, and persevering industry ever meets its sure reward. We have not been more forvibly impressed with this belief, or more agreeably interested in the Mechanics, and mechanic Arts of Oswego, than when considering the success of Messrs. Lamoree & Lee, Ship-builders of this city, residing at No. 40 and 43 West Van Buren street.

Both started in life, what are commonly termed "poor boys," left to "whittle," or hew their way in life. Mr. Lamoree was born in New Baltimore, just below Albany. His father was a ship-builder, working first at Albany, and coming to this place about 1816, where, and upon the Lakes, he has been engaged in many heavy jobs.

Peter Lamoree, the subject of this notice, was, when a youth, never behind his mates in the fun and sports of that day, but early "sowed his wild oats," which were not many, nor weedy, becoming a social home man, and a worthy member of the Methodist persuasion.

John E. Lee is of Irish descent, about thirty years of age, and a clever fellow; than whose countenance a fairer, or more open one is seldom seen. Whether in broad-cloth, or tarpaulin, he is always a gentleman. Whoever says ought against this firm will have to travel far to find hearers, or believers.

They have now been in business about three years, in which they have built the Matthew McNair, a schooner of 214 tons burthen, now on her first trip to Detroit with a cargo of Salt, and Plaster, taking 2055 barrels, equal to 12,000 bushels of wheat. This vessel was named in honor of the first forwarding merchant of this place, now a worty, and respected old gentleman, who, at his death shall not want for mourners, nor a decent burial, for he calls regularly at the office, and pays his subscription in advance.

They have also built the Delos DeWolf, a schooner of 407 tons burthen, now owned by Messrs. Latham, Tozer & Perry, an excellent, and responsible firm, who like to see mechanics prosper, and flourish. The DeWolf recently cleared for Detroit with a cargo of Coal. She is named in honor of the very worthy Cashier of the City Bank.

It might be proper to state the success of these laborious mechanics in dollars, and cents, but this we will say, that they are on hand to build another vessel, or to do repairing.

Of such is the material wealth of a city, as they are the bulwarks of a free people. All honor, and success to this class of our fellow-citizens. We hope to become better acquainted with them all, and to see into the detail of their interesting trades. Long may they wave!

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Richard Palmer
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Daily Times (Oswego, NY), Sept. 26, 1857