The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Tues., Aug. 9, 1859

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Large Load on the Oswego Canal.

The following experiment is very interesting as far as it goes. We should like to know the weight of 119,600 feet of green pine lumber; also whether the boat Strabo was a new or an old boat, and of the most approved model. We take leave to ask the Canal Board to have one of this class loaded to draw 5 feet of water, 5 feet and 6 inches, and 10 inches, and 6 feet 10 inches; so as to report the tonnage, weighed into the boat, with these several draughts of water.

Since writing the foregoing, we learn at the Canal Office that a foot of green pine, board measure, weighs 3 1/2 pounds, or 209 tons for this load.

"The legislature provided by an act last winter that the Engineers on the various sections of the canal should load a boat to a depth of four inches greater than they were ordinarily allowed to clear, and that her detention, if any, progress, etc., should be reported to the Auditor, who should publish it in the State paper.

"This is, of course designed to test the entire availability of the canal to a depth greater than that guaranteed for commercial purposes. Under this act the boat Strabo cleared from Oswego last Thursday with 119,000 feet of green pine lumber. Her measurement while lying at the dock was 5 feet 4 inches.

"The height of the load above the water level was about 11 feet 6 inches. Of course it was top heavy and careened badly. When she entered the weigh lock at Syracuse she drew 5 feet 11 inches on one side. The only obstruction discovered on the Oswego canal was a slight sand bar a short distance below lock 16, just this side of Oswego, which occasioned a detention of 14 minutes. The able Resident Engineer, M.S. Kimball, we understand, accompanied the boat to observer its progress and discoveries. - Fulton Patriot.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Tues., Aug. 9, 1859