The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Fri April 16,1858

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Our Steam tugs
Some Corrections.

The times on Wednesday gave what purports to be a list of the Steam Tugs plying in Oswego Harbor, their power and average cost. There are several important errors in its statement, a few of which we will mention If the first place Messrs. Wright & Dobbie did not built the N. Robbins in partnership. That tug was built by Ald. Dobbie a year or more before Mr. Wright embarked in the business, who purchased the Schuyler alone, and has prospered ever since. The Schuyler was not built in Oswego, but was purchased by Mr. Wright from the person who brought her here from Albany. In the next place the times places the cost of the tugs in our harbor at an average of $6,000, which is far below the true figure. The following is a correct list of our tugs, including one that will soon arrive here , with very nearly their cost.

A.S. Page160 horse power$17000
Wm. Morgan140 horse power13000
Hiram Perry Jr140 horse power12000
Robert Reed70 horse power7000
John H. Bloore75 horse power7000
A.F. Smith80 horse power7000
J. Scott40 horse power4000
Major Dana65 horse power6500
total cost74,500

Again the Times underrates the number of men employed, which it puts at between 30 and 40.. The least we can make the number if from 60 to 70 men. We mention these discrepancies and errors, because our worthy and enterprising tug men like to be fully represented. The tug Major Dana, who have included, will soon be skimming about our harbor.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Fri April 16,1858