The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily Times (Oswego, NY), Thurs., Oct. 9, 1873

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Launch of the Ellsworth. - The launch of the steam barge, S.S. Ellsworth, which has been officially announced for several different days, finally occurred shortly after three o'clock yesterday afternoon, from the foot of West 10th street. As is well enough known, she is an old vessel rebuilt, and owned by A.C. Mattoon.

The Ellsworth was built as a schooner on Seneca Lake a few years since, with hinge masts for convenience in passing under bridges, as she has been used in navigating the canals.

After running a year or two she was purchased by A.C. Mattoon and converted into a steam barge. In the shape she has run for some time, and is the craft used the trip to Florida last year, which is well remembered.

A few weeks since, her owner wishing to use her in the barley trade, caused her to be hauled up to the shore, cut in two near the middle and had twenty-five feet added to her length, making her now 126 feet long over all. She is not remarkably fine shape, only 13 feet 10 inches beam and 9 feet hold. She is expected to carry 10,000 bushels of wheat. The work of rebuilding or lengthening her was done under the supervision of John Riley.

After the launch yesterday she was towed into the old harbor by the tug, Morey, which also assisted at the launch. She is now being completed and will be ready for business very shortly.

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Richard Palmer
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Daily Times (Oswego, NY), Thurs., Oct. 9, 1873