The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Advertiser & Times (Oswego, NY), Dec. 8, 1866

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An Extensive Work. - Increased Facilities For The Building and Repair of Vessels. - F.T. Carrington, Esq., has recently commenced the building of an immense dry dock, on his property at the foot of West First Street, in this city. The site is the same as the dock which has previously been in use there and which has now been taken away to make room for the enlarged and improved one which Mr. Carrington has commenced to build.

There are good dry docks already in this city, but none whereon the largest class of vessels, such as propellers, can be built or repaired, such vessels being obliged to go to other points for repairs. The new work is intended to accommodate the largest class of lake marine, and can be readily enlarged to any capacity, as necessity may seem to demand.

The premises include a large area to be used as a boat and lumber yard, which, taken in connection with the dock, will afford facilities for the construction and repair of vessels, not surpassed by any to be found at any point on the Great Lakes.

The dry dock is to be of solid masonry, 200 feet long, 55 feet wide, and will have a water depth of 13 feet inside the gates, while the depth in the channel outside, is 14 feet. It is to be constructed on the modern plan, vessels being floated in and the water then let off. The depth of water is such that a vessel need not necessarily be light in order to be placed on the dock, but a vessel coming in in distress can immediately enter for repairs without waiting to lighten her cargo.

The buildings are all on the ground, so no further expense will be incurred than is involved in the construction of the dock. Excavation has already been commenced at the south end, and a coffer dam is being built in order to draw off the water from the northern portion. This great work will give employment to some 200 men during the winter, and will be completed about the 10th of April, in readiness for business next season.

We learn that Messrs. Goble & Macfarlane, the enterprising ship builders, have leased the premises for a term of years. This work will supply a need Oswego has long felt, and which would be increasingly manifest in case of the construction of the Niagara Ship Canal, and the consequently increased lake traffic, carried on by a class of large vessels. This and other public improvements which are underway, are but the precursors of an increased business prosperity which is to dawn on our thriving city.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Advertiser & Times (Oswego, NY), Dec. 8, 1866