The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 6 Dec, 1872

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An Old Tug Dismantled. - The Wyandotte Enterprise says: At the rolling mill dock lies the old tug Oswego, once the pride of the western waters for her abilities in the towing line. She was built at Philadelphia eighteen years ago, and during the rebellion was chartered by the government to operate along the coast. At New Orleans she was used as a dispatch boat by Admiral Farragut. At the close of the war she was transferred to the lakes. She was recently purchased by E. B. Ward, who will remove the engine - one of the most powerful ever built for a vessel of the kind - and place it in one of the barges now being built at New Jerusalem. The boiler will be cut up for the scrap pile.

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This was a little premature. The OSWEGO was rebuilt to a powerful wrecker during the following winter and spent many successful years in that capacity on the Detroit River. She was finally destroyed in a fire in 1891, after 34 years of service.
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6 Dec, 1872
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 6 Dec, 1872