The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily Palladium (Oswego, NY), Wed., May 28, 1873

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The new Tug Joseph S. Spinney. - A new tug, built in Buffalo for Mr. W.H. Herrick of this city, and named the Joseph S. Spinney, after a citizen of New York, made her appearance in our harbor Saturday, and since then has attracted much attention from tugmen. She is built of the best material, strong and substantial, and finished with an eye to beauty and comfort.

The following are her dimensions: Length, 50 ft.; beam, 13 ft.; depth, 6 ft. Her cylinder is 14 x 16 inches, and she is propelled by a wheel 5 feet 3 inches in diameter. She cost, ready for business, $6,800. Captain A.B. Tiffany, one of the best tugmen on the lakes, and a worker, commands the new boat, with Michael Glynn, a stead, industrious young man who has climbed his way from the fire hole, as engineer.

The Spinney is intended for canal towing, but can and will ply in and about this port. She is speedy, and with 100 pounds of steam, can show her heel to any harbor tug now plying at this port.

We learn from the Captain that Mr. Spinney is so well pleased with his namesake, that he is having made for her, in New York, an elegant set of colors. She will float them gracefully, and see that they do not trail to any boat in this section.

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Richard Palmer
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Daily Palladium (Oswego, NY), Wed., May 28, 1873