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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), July 29, 1835 
TextNewspapers    We notice that two or three new schooners are already on the stocks - it is to be hoped that others will be commenced soon: we have not vessels enough to meet the wants of our commerce; and there is every reason to believe that our commerce will be double, if not quadruple, next year to what it...
Oswego Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), May 22, 1858 
TextNewspapers    Charts Of The Harbors. - The following resolution was adopted at the meeting of the Board of Trade, yesterday morning. The importance and value of those beautifully and carefully executed Charts of our Lake harbors, got up under the immediate superintendence of Col. Graham of the Topographical...
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Wed., June 21, 1865 
TextNewspapers    The Steamer "Prairie State" on Fire in the Harbor. ________ Narrow Escape of the Passengers ________ Children Thrown from the Upper Decks into the Arms of the Rescuers! ________ The Northern Transportation Company's propeller Prairie State, Capt.. Knapp, arrived at this port this morning...
Commercial Press (Pultneyville, NY), November, 1869 
TextNewspapers    Disaster - The schooner John Weden, of Detroit, collided with a vessel on the night of Oct. 27th, on Lake Ontario, and came ashore at Fairbanks' Point, about two miles below here, on the 28th. She had on board about 14,000 bushels of corn, consigned to Oswego. The insurance companies have been...
Democratic Free Press (Detroit, MI), 19 Nov 1834 
TextNewspapers    quoting the St. Joseph Statesman SHIPWRECK - We learn, with regret, that the schooner PRINCE EUGENE was some days since wrecked in Sable Bay, twenty miles North of Sable point and about 180 miles North of the mouth of St. Joseph. We have not yet been able to obtain the particulars, but ...
Democratic Free Press (Detroit, MI), 7 Dec 1835 
TextNewspapers    THE LATE GALE ON LAKE ONTARIO. - We learn from the Watertown Eagle and Standard of the 18th ult., that on Wednesday preceding, the Robert Bruce, a small schooner, owned in Henderson, Jefferson county, left Kingston, U.C. for some port up the Bay of Quinte, in ballast; was wrecked, and all on ...
Democratic Free Press (Detroit, MI), 20 Apr 1836 
TextNewspapers    ..., '29, '30 and '31, inclusive, another was added each year, making in all from 1818 to 1831 only ten boats. But in 1833 steamboat navigation received a new impetus by the addition of twelve new boats, and the year following seven more besides the like number during the past season...
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 30 May 1836 
TextNewspapers    ... Webster, Tyler, " Chas. Townsend, Fox, " May 29, S.B. Daniel Webster, Tyler, Buffalo. " Niagara, Burnet, " 30, Uncle Sam, McKenzie, " " North America, Edwards, " Brig...
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 24 Jul 1839 
TextNewspapers    ..., and is supplied with steam by a boiler 2 feet in diameter by 3 feet in length, which stands upright, and will hold 30 gallons of water - with a chamber for 15 gallons more. The boiler is constructed on the strongest possible plan - is of a circular form, containing alternately four fire and three water flues...
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 13 Nov 1839 
TextNewspapers    ... bark of 30 tons, was built in 1631. The celebrated English patriot and divine, Hugh Peters, caused a vessel of 300 tons to be constructed at Salem, in 1641. The first schooner ever launched is said to have been built at Cape Ann, in 1714. Her name is not known. In 1718, Connecticut had but 2 brigs, 20...
Chicago Journal (Chicago, IL), 28 Oct 1853 
TextNewspapers    We understand that the Messrs. Guthrie have contracted for another boat, to be called the Novelty, 109 feet long, 16 feet beam and 6 feet depth of hold, which is already launched, with her deck and guards all completed, ready for her machinery. She is to be driven by one of the powerful engines...
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 14 Dec 1853 
TextNewspapers    MARINE INTELLIGENCE VESSELS IN PORT. - The following is a complete list of the vessels in port yesterday. Two or three of them have not taken down their sails, and their captains are talking of trying a short trip for a load of lumber, the others are all laid up for the winter, or are at the...
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 21 Dec 1853 
TextNewspapers    The Milwaukee Sentinel says that the propeller WESTMORELAND has hauled alongside the wharf in the river where she will lay up for the winter. The damage to her machinery is supposed to be $1000 to $1500. ...
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 21 Dec 1853 
TextNewspapers    VESSELS IN PORT. --- Since we published the list which subsequently reappeared in the JOURNAL, causing that paper so many "pains," the following vessels have arrived and are preparing to lay up: Steamer FRANKLIN MOORE, sloop WUNX, and schooners UNION, BELLE CITY, EQUATOR, RACINE, L. C. IRWIN,...
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 21 Apr 1854, page 1 
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 17 May 1854, page 3 
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 8 Jul 1854, page 3 
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 10 Dec 1854 
TextNewspapers    VESSELS IN PORT. - Navigation is pretty much closed up for this season. The weather has been more severe both for wind and cold than it has been for several seasons at this timeof the year. Vessels are mostly stripped, and all are being prepared to sleep out the winter. We do not hear of any...
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 25 Jul 1855 
TextNewspapers    DISASTER ON LAKE ONTARIO. - A collision occurred off Genesee, on Lake Ontario, about half past 2 o'clock, A.M. the 20th inst. between the steamer America and the schooner Emblem , of Hamilton. The latter was cut nearly two-thirds through. Five of her crew took to the small boat, but, before...
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 10 Aug 1855 
TextNewspapers    EMBLEM was rebuilt and later renamed OLIVIA. She was reportedly still operating as late as 1898.
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