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  • Detroit Gazette (Detroit, MI), 25 July 1817, page 3
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  • Oswego County Whig (Oswego, NY), Tues., Aug. 13, 1839
        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 ...
      Accident on the Lake. - Last Friday morning about one o'clock, the ...
  • Oswego County Whig (Oswego, NY), Sept. 30, 1841
        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 ...
      STEAM-BOAT EXPRESS, TRIP TO KINGSTON Last Saturday we took a trip to ...
  • Oswego County Whig (Oswego, NY), Wed., April 27, 1842
        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 ...
      Launch. - Yesterday afternoon took place the launch of the beautiful Steamer ...
  • Oswego Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), Tues., Dec. 10, 1850
        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 ...
      MARINE. - The schooner Frontier, owned in this city, was driven ashore ...
  • Oswego Times & Journal (Oswego, NY), Mon., Nov. 6, 1854
        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. ...
      Barque Col. Camp. - This fine barque, which was launched from the ...
  • St. Catharines Constitutional (St. Catharines, ON), July 18, 1855
        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; ...
      Steamer To Toronto - The arrangements recently affected by Mr. Wyatt, whereby ...
  • Daily Times (Oswego, NY), Saturday , Nov.8, 1856
        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 ...
      Perilous Situation of Men on Board the J.G. Deshler. Just as we ...
  • Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 6 Jun, 1860, page 4
  • Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), December 21, 1866
        "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 were sold ...
      "p.t." presumably means "private terms." Most listed fractions are somewhat difficult to ...
  • Oswego Advertiser & Times (Oswego, NY), Thursday May 30, 1867
        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 ...
      TO SHIP AND BOAT OWNERS A card from the owners and proprietors ...
  • Oxford Times (Greene, NY), Wed., June 2, 1869
        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 ...
      The boat "Simeon Walker," of Greene, sank at the Stone Quarry Dock, ...
  • Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Tues., 8 Jun, 1869
        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 ...
      NOTE: The 404 t. Canadian bark FANNY CAMPBELL had been built by ...
  • Oswego Daily Advertiser & Times (Oswego, NY), Mon., Nov. 22, 1869
        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 ...
      Abandoned Schooner. - Yesterday forenoon the schooner Mary O'Gorman was seen drifting ...
  • Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 4 Dec. 1870
        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 waters (i.e. inland lakes) ...
      In effect, this meant that small inland freighters and passenger vessels had ...
  • The Phantom Bark
    Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), 26 May 1871     *The C.N. Johnson (U.S.#4547) was built in 1856 by Bidwell & Banta of Buffalo. It was 138 feet log, 26 foot beam and 11-foot hold, 288 gross tons and 273 net tons. It foundered on Oct. 16, 1895 at Bar Point near Amherstburg, Ont., on Lake Erie with a cargo ...
    Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), 26 May 1871   *The C.N. Johnson (U.S.#4547) was built in 1856 by Bidwell & Banta ...
  • Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 23 Apr, 1872
        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 ...
      The 249 t. VULCAN was the sister of the large tug CHAMPION, ...
  • Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Thurs., Dec. 5, 1872
        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 ...
      The Schooner William Elgin. - The Belleville, Jefferson county, correspondent of the ...
  • Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 17 May, 1873
        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 MAGELLAN...
      MANZANILLA is not so unusual. It means, literally. "little apple" and is ...
  • Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Mon., Nov. 10, 1873
        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 ...
      Another New Vessel Another new vessel, adding one more to Oswego's fleet, ...
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