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Daily Times (Oswego, NY), Tues., May 19, 1857

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Launch of Capt. Wright's New Tug. - The new steam-tug Hiram Perry Jr., built in the ship-yard of ex-Alderman Rogers, for Capt. Peter P. Wright, was launched yesterday afternoon in the presence of a large number of spectators, and "sank into ocean's arms," in fine style. The boat is considered an excellent one combining strength, durability, speed and economy in happy proportions, and is, more-over, a triumph of Oswego mechanism, being constructed in every part by Oswego mechanics.

Last evening a large and happy company consisting of the owners, builders, mechanics and invited guests, partook of an oyster supper at Mooney's, in commemoration of the launch. It was a season of much conviviality, and many toasts were offered complimenting Capt. Wright on the success which has so signally crowned his enterprise. Capt. Wright responded that when he commenced with the old tug Schuyler, he had nothing but his hands. He was not the fortunate possessor of the Reed and the Perry, and the degree of success he had attained he felt grateful for and expressed his obligations to his numerous friends.

Alderman Rogers was called out and made a few remarks appropriate to the occasion, tendering his thanks for the compliments which has been bestowed upon his workmanship. He hoped to be able to attend the launch of many more boats from the docks of Oswego. he concluded with toasting the builders of the engine in the new boat.

This called out George Talcott, Esq., of the firm of Talcott & Underhill. He responded at some length and gave a very interesting description of the boat's machinery. He thought this experiment would demonstrate that Oswego was able to construct vessels as well and as cheaply as any other locality. With regard to the Perry, her boiler was different from that of any other boat in the harbor. It was designed to possess the same power and strength as the old model, and at the same time make an important saving in the item of fuel. It would soon be demonstrated whether the experiment had been successful. Mr. Talcott's remarks were extended at some length in praise of the enterprise and skill of Oswego mechanics in all departments, and were listed to with great attention.

Numerous volunteer sentiments were offered by different gentlemen present, many of which would be worth recording, but space compels us to :drop the subject" with the expression of our satisfaction at the programme, and our hearty congratulations to the owners and builders, one and all, of the Hiram Perry Jr.

"Long may she wave!"

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Daily Times (Oswego, NY), Tues., May 19, 1857