The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego County Whig (Oswego, NY), Tues., June 25, 1839

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The New Steam-Boat St. Lawrence. The following remarks are from the Ogdensburgh Republican. We cheerfully endorse all that is said of this beautiful boat and her experienced and gentlemanly commander; and while we do so, we should do injustice to our feelings, were we to omit a meed of praise to her enterprising owners, (Messrs. Fitzhugh of this place, Allen of Ogdensburgh, and Bruen of New York) and her no less enterprising builder, Mr. G. S. Weeks. The timber for this boat was brought upon the ground about the 5th of December last, and she was completed and running the middle of last month - a despatch in these parts at any rate, unprecedented. Her painting is beautiful, and the workmanship of Mr. Mackenzie of Watertown - the paint lead was obtained from the Rossie mines, and manufactured by Thos. L. Knapp of Brownville. We are not competent judges of the lead; but those who have tested it, pronounce it a very superior article.

Steam Boat St. Lawrence. - This new and elegant Boat, commanded by Capt. John Evans, which has been looked for with a great degree of anxiety by our citizens, came into port last evening and as she touched our wharf was greeted with huzzas long and loud. We had previously heard much said in praise of the beauty, speed and accommodations of this boat, but we must confess that we had formed no adequate conception of her symmetry and the splendor of her movements until we beheld her gliding over our waters with an air of triumph peculiarly her own, as if she scorned the element upon which she rode.

The St. Lawrence is a beautiful specimen of architecture - 200 feet in length, 20 feet beam, propelled by two powerful low pressure engines, and is every way calculated to outstrip any and every thing on the river or lakes . Although we would not be hasty in applauding the success of those to whose enterprise we are indebted for this invaluable accession to our travelling facilities, yet, it is no discouragement to the enterprising owners of other boats, whose reputations are well established, to say, that the appearance of the St. Lawrence is grand, and that she bids fair to excel anything of the kind which floats upon our waters. Of her commander, Capt. Evans, we need only say that he possesses an enviable reputation for experience, nautical skill and gentlemanly deportment - considerations which will go very far towards commending his boat to the patronage of the travelling public. Long may the St. Lawrence live to cut both winds and the waves - a source of emolument to her enterprising owners - queen of the majestic river whose name she so triumphantly bears! - St. Lawrence Republican.

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Oswego County Whig (Oswego, NY), Tues., June 25, 1839