The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), April 13, 1858

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Oswego And Its Business
Ship Chandlers.

This branch of our Marine business represents a large capital which is invested in a stock whose variety could hardly be conceived without a long and minute examination embracing literally every intermediate article required on ship-board "from needle to anchor" -- from a biscuit and salt junk to the materials of the seaman's Sunday desert - a plumb duff - and from a spun yarn to a cable, together with every article necessary to the complete outfit of a vessel from the keel to the bow.

They are the mariner's sheet anchor import, upon whom he has to depend for every supply, and during the shipping season their stores and warehouses present a scene of bustle and activity greater than on any other portion of our wharves, while their interior presents a melange from which the honest tar can gratify his most extensive wishes even if he possessed Alladdin's wonderful lamp, for the comfort either of his outward or inner man.

The establishments, though few in number, are both extensive and heavy, and present the most ample means for the supply of our whole Lake Marine. The capital invested in those firms forms a material item in, the wealth of Oswego, and their various ramifications open a market for the productions of a great variety of our Trade and manufactures and also afford employment to a large number of females, in making flags, shirts, &c.

We give the names of the principal firms engaged in that business Oswego, below, as arranged for this year, and who for integrity, punctuality and urbanity will do honor to the reputation of Oswego:
J.M. O'Leary, late Robbins & O'Leary.
Cooper & Greene, late Cooper & Lyons.
Lyons & Finney, late Cooper & Finney.
Charles Smyth. In this old established house there is no change.
Arza Crane, successor of Burnam & Crane.

As connected with the ship-furnishing business we give the address of our chief sail-making establishments which are conducted on so extensive a scale as to supply every demand which they may be favored with.


William Stewart, Robert Green.

Mr. R. Baxter, located next the premises lately occupied by Fitzhugh & Littlejohn. Mr. Baxter has for years carried on the sail-making business here with the utmost satisfaction to his employers and with successful results to himself. His establishment is most extensive and is fully competent to fill every order in in his line of business. Mr. Baxter is not only a worthy man, but understands his business and is an ardent Republican, for all which we commend him.


C.P. Kellogg. J. & G. A. Crolius

Where every description of Iron work required for use, is manufactured - from a bolt to an anchor, and also all the wrought iron work necessary for elevators and all kinds of machinery.

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Oswego Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), April 13, 1858