Built 1888, at Buffalo, N.Y. by the Union Dry Dock Company
Hull, of Steel. Length of keel 324 feet, over all 350 feet 7 inches; breadth of beam 41 feet 3 inches, depth of hold 13 feet 8 inches; from spar deck 25 1/2 feet.
Engine, Triple Expansion. diameter of cylinders 28, 42 1/2 and 72 inches, by 54 inches stroke
Boilers, six of steel, each 11 1/2 feet in diameter, by 11 1/2 feet long. Total grate surface 240 square feet
Wheel, Sectional 15 1/2 feet in diameter, pitch 21 feet.
Tonnage 2611.98 Gross 1940.02 Net
The OWEGO and her mate, the CHEMUNG, were, when built, the two finest inland freight steamships ever turned out, each costing $350,000. They are of the ocean model, strongly built and fine specimens of marine architecture. Built for the Union Steamboat Company, for the package freight trade between Buffalo and Chicago.
The OWEGO's record, two days, 6 hours and 16 minutes, between Buffalo and Chicago, an average of 16 4/10 miles an hour was the fastest ever made by a freight boat.