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Daily Palladium (Oswego, NY), June 28, 1872

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The First Trip of the New Tug

The new tug Alanson Sumner returned yesterday from Belleville with two barges in tow, making the run to this port in about fifteen hours. The engine works like a charm and the boilers make steam easily and plenty of it.

At Belleville the tug had quite an ovation. The Mayor, Common Council and principal business men boarded her with of victuals and baskets of champagne and had a pleasure trip down the Bay about 30 miles. On the return the engineer, W. H. Bishop, let her out just to see what she would do, when the excursionists rushed on deck and begged him to slow down, as Belleville would be reached before justice had been done to lunch. In passing Belleville the engineer let her go again, and at such speed that the street lights appeared to all run together, making one large flame. She is greased lightning.

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Richard Palmer
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Daily Palladium (Oswego, NY), June 28, 1872