The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Advertiser & Times (Oswego, NY), May 17, 1866

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Revenue Cutter S.P. Chase. - This fine vessel, which is newly built for service on Lake Ontario, arrived at this port yesterday afternoon, and lies at the foot of Cayuga street. She is one of the best vessels of her class afloat, being regularly built for ocean service. She has a splendid engine of 500 horse-power, 48 inch cylinder, and 9 feet stroke, which was manufactured by James Murphy & Co., of New York. In addition to her steam power, she is rigged with canvas, which, however, is seldom brought into use. That she possesses all the requisites of a speedy vessel is evident from the fact that in a recent trip up the St. Lawrence she made 75 miles, measured distance, in five hours, running against the heavy current of that river.

The "Chase" is rated for 5 guns, but now carries three - two 24-pound brass howitzers, of the Dahlgreen patent, and a 30-pound Parrot gun. Beside these, she has on board the necessary number of small arms to be used in any emergency.

Her interior arrangements, Captain's cabin, officers' quarters, etc., etc., are superb and commodious. We could not repress our admiration of the perfect order and neatness apparent in every portion of this splendid vessel. She has a complement of forty men and seven officers. We append a list of the officers, who are all men of ability and experience.

Captain Cornell has been many years in the service, and has always proved himself a worthy and invaluable officer, prompt and efficient in the discharge of his duty, and always in the right place at the right time. The following is a list of the officers:
Stephen Cornell, Captain.
W.C. Simmons, 1st Lieutenant and executive officer.
M.A. Healey, 3d do.
J.H. Rogers, 3d do.
D.C. Chester, Chief Engineer.
M.D.L. Dinsmore, 1st Ass't, do.
Howard P. Gray, 2d, do.
E.N. Persons, Pilot.
Aaron Silver, Boatswain.
Peter Meehan, Gunner.
Bernard Kelley, Carpenter.

We are under great obligations to Capt. Cornell and other officers, for the courtesy shown us while on board their vessel this morning. The "Chase" will remain at this port till Saturday, when she will leave for Ogdensburgh.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Advertiser & Times (Oswego, NY), May 17, 1866