The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Rochester Union & Advertiser (Rochester, NY), Aug. 9, 1876

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Successful Launch of the Magic

For U.& A. - To-day the blue waters of old Ontario became the recipient and there has been added to the list, another of those little steam craft which now-a-days so frequently grace its surface.

In this instance the presentation was made from the ship-yard of Capt. H.N. Throop, Pultneyville, N.Y., who is the builder and sole owner of this beautiful and most symmetrical of steam yachts. Capt. Throop will be remembered as a heavy stockholder in and superintendent of the famous American line of steamers running between Ogdensburg and Lewiston.

For years previous thereto he was the popular commander of one of the best boats composing the line. After the sale of the Company's boats, &c., to the Royal Mail Line of Canada, he abandoned nautical life and sought retirement by casting anchor in the snug little haven of Pultneyville. Being possessed of a mind vigorous in mechanical skill and ingenuity, he could not so easily retire a talent given him by nature, and improved upon by experimental study.

He therefore having abundant means, and for his personal use and pleasure, modeled and superintendent in every particular the building of this little craft. Her dimensions in length and breadth are about 14 x 82 feet, 41 tons burthen, and she has a double engine of some 40 horsepower, from the Vulcan Works, Oswego. The main saloon is commodious and neatly finished, ash and chestnut panels, mouldings, &c., constituting a part of the ornamental work.

The furniture and upholstery from the house of J.E. Hayden & Co., Rochester, and an upright piano from Stoddart, New York, are all fine, and in good keeping with the general unique and finished appearance of the boat. The staterooms, wash-rooms, &c., are supplied with water from zinc tanks, which receive their supply from a main reservoir on the upper deck. Without entering further into detail, it is sufficient to say in all her appointments she is first class.

It is expected that for short pleasure excursions, two hundred persons can be easily carried, but for longer trips, which would necessitate remaining on board, twenty to twenty five can be comfortably cared for. The Captain is somewhat reticent as to expected rate of speed, but your correspondent, judging from easy lines and smooth bottom thinks fifteen miles per hour can be attained under favorable circumstances.

He has not built this boat with a view of gain, but for his own diversion, and the pleasure of visiting with his own little craft the Thousand Islands and other points of interest on the lake and river. His many friends wish him a long life to enjoy the fruits of his toil.

Pultneyville, Aug. 8, 1876

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A sketch of this yacht appears in the History of Wayne County
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Aug. 9, 1876
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Richard Palmer
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Rochester Union & Advertiser (Rochester, NY), Aug. 9, 1876