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Detroit Gazette (Detroit, MI), 25 July 1817, page 3 
TextNewspapers  Detroit Gazette (Detroit, MI), 25 July 1817, page 3page 3  Column 4
Oswego County Whig (Oswego, NY), Tues., Aug. 13, 1839 
TextNewspapers    Accident on the Lake. - Last Friday morning about one o'clock, the steamers United States and Great Britain, the former on her passage up, the latter on her passage down the lake, while on their regular trips between this place and Lewiston, came in contact while passing near the mouth of the...
Oswego County Whig (Oswego, NY), Sept. 30, 1841 
TextNewspapers    STEAM-BOAT EXPRESS, TRIP TO KINGSTON Last Saturday we took a trip to Kingston on business, aboard the Steam-Boat Express, and seldom have we, (all things considered,) enjoyed more pleasure, or been more highly gratified. The weather, in going over, was very fair, and we had a delightful ...
Oswego County Whig (Oswego, NY), Wed., April 27, 1842 
TextNewspapers    Launch. - Yesterday afternoon took place the launch of the beautiful Steamer Lady of the lake, in most elegant style, in the presence of a large concourse of our citizens, without any accident or other impediment in the gratifying performance. This boat is to help form the daily line between...
Oswego Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), Tues., Dec. 10, 1850 
TextNewspapers    MARINE. - The schooner Frontier , owned in this city, was driven ashore in the gale of Saturday night, about 12 miles below Niagara , and near Wilson . She was bound for this port, with a cargo of 6,200 bushels of wheat, from Lake Erie . The Captain telegraphs that the vessel has broken...
Oswego Times & Journal (Oswego, NY), Mon., Nov. 6, 1854 
TextNewspapers    Barque Col. Camp. - This fine barque, which was launched from the yard of Asa Wilcox, Three Mile Bay, on Lake Ontario, about the first of August last, made her appearance in our harbor for the first time this morning from Chicago, being her second trip to the Upper Lakes. She is 140 feet ...
St. Catharines Constitutional (St. Catharines, ON), July 18, 1855 
TextNewspapers    Steamer To Toronto - The arrangements recently affected by Mr. Wyatt, whereby the steamer Boston will ply regularly between Toronto and this port every Saturday afternoon, returning on Monday morning, cannot be without much benefit to the dust-smothered dinezens of that bustling city; while the...
Daily Times (Oswego, NY), Saturday , Nov.8, 1856 
TextNewspapers    Perilous Situation of Men on Board the J.G. Deshler. Just as we go to press we learn that forty-three farmers who went on board the schooner Deshler, ashore about 9 miles up the lake, this morning, for the purpose of getting off grain, are now in a most perilous situation and unable to get off...
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 6 Jun, 1860, page 4 
TextNewspapers  Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 6 Jun, 1860, page 4page 4  Column 6
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), December 21, 1866 
TextNewspapers    "p.t." presumably means "private terms." Most listed fractions are somewhat difficult to read in the original and represent my best guess at deciphering them. Some items of interest: most of the sales of vessels across the border were transacted in gold; the famous Oswego tugs Ontario and Superior...
Oswego Advertiser & Times (Oswego, NY), Thursday May 30, 1867 
TextNewspapers    TO SHIP AND BOAT OWNERS A card from the owners and proprietors of the ship and boat yards appearing in the columns of your paper, Mr. Editor stating that the Ship Carpenters and Caulkers' Protective Union attempted virtually to manage, or mismanage, their yards, and strove to coerce-men to ...
Oswego Daily Advertiser & Times (Oswego, NY), Mon., Nov. 22, 1869 
TextNewspapers    Abandoned Schooner. - Yesterday forenoon the schooner Mary O'Gorman was seen drifting past this port dismasted and apparently abandoned. Along in the forenoon, O. H. Brown, Esq., got a couple of tugs and went out in search of the vessel, which was found about nine miles below the piers, and ...
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Tues., 8 Jun, 1869 
TextNewspapers    NOTE: The 404 t. Canadian bark FANNY CAMPBELL had been built by Louis Shickluna at St. Catharine's the previous year. In 1877 she became what was probably the first Great Lakes tanker, when $10,000 was spent on the installation of large iron tanks in her hold for the transportation of crude oil...
Oxford Times (Greene, NY), Wed., June 2, 1869 
TextNewspapers    The boat "Simeon Walker," of Greene, sank at the Stone Quarry Dock, four miles below this village, on Thursday forenoon last. She was loaded with stone and had on part of a load when the sides gave away, sinking her in the same manner as on the one that sunk in the village last fall. Five men...
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 4 Dec. 1870 
TextNewspapers    In effect, this meant that small inland freighters and passenger vessels had to be licensed, registered and inspected if they were used on any waters connected with the lakes by navigation routes, since they were potentially part of interstate commerce. Only vessels operating on isolated inland...
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Thurs., Dec. 5, 1872 
TextNewspapers    The Schooner William Elgin. - The Belleville, Jefferson county, correspondent of the Watertown Dispatch writes as follows: "The schooner William Elgin, which went ashore near Armstrong's on Wednesday evening, is still fast in the sand. The deck load of lumber has nearly all been washed...
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 23 Apr, 1872 
TextNewspapers    The 249 t. VULCAN was the sister of the large tug CHAMPION, which was famous for her long tows of schooners up and down the Detroit River. VULCAN was owned by Livingston & Co., Detroit. It can well be imagined the chaos caused to shipping by a broken-up raft of a million feet of sawlogs, and any...
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Mon., Nov. 10, 1873 
TextNewspapers    Another New Vessel Another new vessel, adding one more to Oswego's fleet, arrive in port Saturday night, on her maiden trip, with a cargo of wheat from Milwaukee, and since that time has been scanned with a critical eye by our ship builders, seamen and longshoremen. The Pulaski, the name of...
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 17 May, 1873 
TextNewspapers    MANZANILLA is not so unusual. It means, literally. "little apple" and is the Spanish equivalent of "chamomile," an apple-scented plant used in herbal teas. It is also a classic Spanish wine. The boat MANZANILLA was built by the St. Catharines builder Louis Shickluna and was sister of the schooner...
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), June 14, 1875 
TextNewspapers    New Vessels. The addition to Oswego's fleet, the new schooner Lem. Ellsworth, arrived in port yesterday afternoon in tow of the tug Morey. She is "no slouch of a schooner" as one of the wharf rats remarked yesterday, but on the contrary is a staunch and thoroughly fastened vessel, at full ...
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