The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Morning Herald (Oswego, NY), Sat. May 31,1879

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Wanted a Tug Boat

Several days since a fellow, purporting to be from Buffalo, arrived in this city and gave people to understand that he wished to buy a tug boat to take to his home, where he claimed there was an insufficient number to do the business. How the fellow had the audacity to tell such a story in the face of the fact that Buffalo has a tug for every craft arriving at that port and several to spare, is a think unknown to any one but a Buffalo scalper. As the Oswego town association has two or three idle boats, Commodore Crimmins and Captain Thompson took the fellow in tow and piloted him about the craft. The hulls, boilers and engines were inspected, manhole plates were removed and flues were entered until the pilots, after making the round, looked like Lehigh coal heavers on a warm day. The fellow expressed himself as pleased with the boats and departed for home to secure his money for the purchase of a tug. As he has not since been seen, it is thought in tug circles that he attempted to wind too high up stream and it stuck on a bar.

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Sat. May 31,1879
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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Morning Herald (Oswego, NY), Sat. May 31,1879