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Syracuse Daily Star (Syracuse, NY), April 29, 1850

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The Washington Boat Yard

Few of our readers are aware of the immense business done at this yard, which fast affords the opportunity to note the praise-worthy enterprise of the proprietors, Messrs. J.P. & G. W. Milliner. The yard is located west of our city, and its grounds are one and a quarter mile in length, by 300 feet in width, bordered on he north by the Erie canal, and on the south by the Oswego and Syracuse railroad, whereby access with materials of every kind and at all seasons is rendered easy and convenient.

The proprietors commenced operations at this yard on the 5th of May, 1849, and within the year have used about four million feet of lumber, about $20,000 worth of hardware, and have kept employed most of the time from 100 to 300 men. They have constructed 154 boats in the time, 150 of which were for the Pennsylvania Coal Company, 1 for the Delaware and Hudson Canal Company, and 3 for the enlarged canal.

In passing through the yard, the three boats last referred to, which are the first built for the enlarged canal, attracted our special attention. They are of 200 tons burden, and belong to the enterprising firm of W.A. Jacobs & Co. of Rome. These boats are perfect models, and more resemble the appearance of ship bodies than of canal boats. Their tremendous size betokens to our mind the vast preparation demanded for the transportation of the increased productions of the west, and what immense crafts of moving merchandise will ere long be gracing the waters which now are and even shall be monumental of the fame of CLINTON.

The Messrs. Milliner, in the prosecution of their work for the year past, have expended in our city the enormous sum of $100,000, and we fear that our citizens have not adequately appreciated this influx, which has constantly resulted more or less to their benefit.

There are now 40 boats on the stocks in this yard nearly in readiness for launching.

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Richard Palmer
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Syracuse Daily Star (Syracuse, NY), April 29, 1850