The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chenango American (Greene, NY), Thurs., April 30, 1874

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The steamboat "Owego," made a successful trial trip from Owego to Binghamton and back last week. A large number of excursionists were on board, and it is reported that they had a gay time. The passage of the steamer from Binghamton to Owego is described in the Binghamton Times as follows:

Very quick time was made by the steamer on her way back. The steam gauge indicated between 65 and 100 pounds, and the current greatly aided the vessel's progress. The first town passed of any importance was that of Hooper, about six miles below this city. The steamer reached that place at 10:10, and Union at 10:45. Navigators say the distance between this city and Owego by water is twenty-seven miles. Apalachin was passed at 11:30 and Campville at 11:50. Those in the cabins were unable to tell when the boat passed over the dams, as there was no decrease if speed or fall.

Big Island, four miles east of Owego, was neared at 12:05, and the remaining part of the trip by 12:45, at which time the boat was safely landed at Owego. The steam whistle connected with the steamboat, had been blowing from the time it first hove in sight of its destination, and people turned out in large numbers to welcome it.

At the rear of the blocks and houses in sight of the river, flags were displayed in profusion. In the rear of old Joe DeWitt's store was floating a magnificent drapery of stars and stripes and a banner bearing in large letters the word "Welcome." On landing, the passengers were greeted by their many friends, and it being near the hour for dinner they quickly dispersed.

Altogether, the successful trip of the Owego to the head of navigation on the Susquehanna and its return voyage, is a memorable and happy incident in our local annals.

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Richard Palmer
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Chenango American (Greene, NY), Thurs., April 30, 1874