The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily Times (Oswego, NY), Fri., March 10, 1853

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Vessels Building On The Lakes. Some time since we noticed the large amount of tonnage building on the Upper Lakes. The following communications, which we find in a late number of the Buffalo Express, exhibit most of the vessels building on Lake Ontario:

CLAYTON, Feb. 28, 1853

I am building four lake vessels for the coming season, two of which are Barques of 380 tons each, for Messrs. E.G. Merrick & Co. which will be out in the Spring, and two fore and aft Schooners of 300 tons each for Messrs. Catlin & Co., to be out in the summer.

A few miles below at the head of the "Narrows," Mr. H.C. Person is building a fore and aft schooner for Messrs. Merrick & Carter, of 280 tons to be out this coming spring.

There is a propeller building at Cape Vincent for the Railroad Company of some 350 tons, by Stebbins Andrews, master builder.

Yours truly, JOHN OADES.

OSWEGO, Feb. 24.

There are only four vessels now being built here, including a propeller, intended exclusively for towing in our harbor. The following is the information you desire, I infer:

One barque being built by J.A. Baker, for M. Merrick & Co., length of keel 139 1/2 feet, length of deck 142 feet; breadth of beam 26 feet 10 inches; depth of hold 11 feet - about 350 tons (Carpenter's).

A schooner by A. Miller, owned by him. Length keel 10-2 feet; breadth of beam 22 feet 8 inches; depth of hold 9 ft 4 inches - about 200 tons.

A schooner for J.L. Hall & Co. Length keel 12- ft; breadth beam 25 ft; depth hold 10 ft - about 300 tons. Built by J.A. Baker.

The propeller referred to, is being built by Thomas Dobbie. Length keel 100 ft; breadth beam 22 ft; depth of hold 8 1/2 ft.; engine about 100 horsepower.

Your respectfully, W.M.

At Stoney Creek, Lake Ontario, a vessel for H.W. Millard and S.M. Allen, of 130 ft keel, and 350 tons burthen.


Mr. Ellenwood of this place is building two barques of 350 tons burthen. One for J.L. Lyon & Co. of Sandusky, Ohio, and one for Mr. T. Canfield, of this place.

Captain S. A. Ford is building for himself at Dexter, six miles from this place, a schooner of 250 tons. Asa Wilcox is building one at Three Mile Bay, a barque of 350 tons, for Mr. Fitzhugh of Oswego.

Truly yours, A. McG.

There will be an unusually large increase of lake tonnage the coming season. The total number and aggregate tonnage of vessels building on all he lakes for 1853, foot up as follows, as far as heard from:

Eight Steamers, Twenty Propellers, Seventy-seven Sail Vessels, Making a total of 105, and a tonnage of 39,700. The number of Craft that went out of existence last year was: six steamers, seven propellers, thirty-five Sail Vessels, Total 48.

The tonnage of which was 11,013. Excess over last year of 57 vessels, and excess of tonnage of 28,686.

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Daily Times (Oswego, NY), Fri., March 10, 1853