The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego County Whig (Oswego, NY), Sat., July 2, 1842

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The New Steam Boat "Lady of the Lake." - This beautiful craft left our wharf last Wednesday morning, with a happy party of ladies and gentlemen, (the Utica band playing at the time "The Bonnie Boat.") for a pleasure excursion to Kingston, Ogdensburgh, & c. and returned on Thursday afternoon, making the trip in fewer hours, running time, than has ever before been performed. When she landed, the band struck up "Life on the Ocean Wave." We tender our grateful acknowledgments for the police invitation extended to us to accompany them, and regret extremely that the business in our office prevented our responding to the invitation. As we were not present, we cannot speak of the jaunt; and we feel disappointed that even the resolutions passed by the company on board, have not been handed in for publication.

The following we copy from the Sackets Harbor Journal, dated Thursday, June 31. In the main it is correct, and we are satisfied is no exaggerated praise of the boat; but, while we certainly would detract nothing from the praise due to the enterprise of the Utica people, it is hardly justice to the Oswegonians, to say that she is owned in Utica exclusively. The fact is, our citizens have been heavy investments in her, and are entitled to some share of credit in the matter.


This beautiful vessel came into our harbor this morning in fine style. She is from below, having made a trip from Oswego to Kingston, Ogdensburgh, and intermediate ports, with Messrs. Monson, Faxton, and others, owners on board, also the Utica Brass Band, and a company of Ladies and Gentlemen, numbering in all about Three Hundred, who marched from the Boat to Madison Barracks, to take a view of the Garrison, Hospital, &c. The "Lady" is owned in Utica - was built in Oswego since the first of December last, and is, in our opinion, altogether the best steam vessel which floats on our Lake. She reflects the highest credit on her industrious and intelligent architect, George S. Weeks, Esq. Her exquisite model - her fine proportions - the plain elegance of her finish - and the good taste displayed throughout, would alone be amply sufficient to give any man an enviable reputation as a ship builder.

The "Lady" is commanded by Capt. J.J. Taylor, of whose capacity for his station and gentlemanly deportment, we have heard much. The owners are delighted with the Steamer, and it is no wonder - she made the passage from Oswego to Ogdensburgh in eleven hours, including three hours stoppage. Running time eight hours, distance in a rough sea, 140 miles. Her length of deck is 197 feet, 24 feet beam, depth of hold 10 feet; measuring 450 tons burden. her engine is from the Allaire Works, New York, 100 horse power. We congratulate the travelling public on the increased facilities for their accommodation afforded by the addition of the "Lady" to the number of our Lake Boats.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego County Whig (Oswego, NY), Sat., July 2, 1842