The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily Times (Oswego, NY), March 19, 1853

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Ship Building in Oswego.

Those of our citizens who have not recently visited the several ship yards in this city would be quite surprised at the amount of business doing in that line. having occasion a few days since to pass in the neighborhood of Mr. James A. Baker's ship yard and marine railway establishment, at the foot of West First Street, we were astonished to witness the large show of timber gathered in that locality, and the life and activity of the scene in and about the yard. We took brief notes of what was going forward, and present them for the edification of our readers.

We noticed first the frame of a new vessel on the stocks, of beautiful model and substantial workmanship - a barque - 135 feet keel, 25 1/2 feet beam, 11 1/2 feet depth of hold, with two centerboards. The keel of this vessel is the longest ever laid for a sail vessel in Oswego. her timbers appear to us of greater strength than we have ever seen used in that class of vessels. This vessel is building for Messrs. M. Merrick & Co., and will be completed about the first of May next.

Mr. Baker is willing to risk his reputation as a ship builder upon the success of these vessels, and we think he will hazard little in doing so.

In addition to the above, we observed at the Marine Railway two or three large vessels, one of them a propeller, hauled out and undergoing thorough repairs, In this connection we note the fact that the Railway has been recently furnished with a new cradle, some 25 feet longer than the old one and of strength sufficiently ample to take out the largest class of vessels on the lake, with perfect safety. A new boiler made by Messrs. Smith & King, of this city, affords the power equal to the task of hauling out the largest vessel with ease.

At his Boat yard on the east side of the city, Mr. Baker is building three large wheat lighters for Messrs. M. Merrick & Co.

It will be scene by this hasty glance at the work going forward at Mr. Baker's yards, that he is doing a very heavy business. He employs as we learn about 125 constantly. he has also in store a large stock of material for building new or for repairing of vessels. A business of this nature and extent must benefit the city and cannot fail to be sensibly felt by many trades and occupations. Success to it.

Thomas Dobbie is building a steam propeller on the river bank above the toll bridge. It is a handsome model and has a go-ahead look about it. its length is 100 feet, breadth of beam 17 feet, depth of hold 8 1/2 feet. She has an oscillating engine of 140 horsepower. Her boiler comes from the shop of Messrs. Smith & King, of this city, who are fast acquiring a desirable reputation for boiler building. This craft is owned by Messrs. Dobbie & Manwarring, by whom she will be run the coming season.

A. Miller & Co. are building a schooner at their yard in the East cove, 102 feet keel, 27 feet breadth of beam, 9 1/2 feet depth of hold. She is owned by her enterprising builders. They are also rebuilding the schooner Potomac, for Messrs. Fitzhugh & Co. This completes the list of vessels now on the stocks at this port.

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Richard Palmer
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Daily Times (Oswego, NY), March 19, 1853