Category Archives: Notes

Notes from the Port of Oswego Authority. VI. The Harbor and Dock Commission

As reported in the Oswego Daily Palladium (ODP, Jan. 22, 1924), “The Oswego Harbor and Dock Commission came into being April 14, 1923, after amendment of the City Charter, through appointment by Mayor M. P. Neal of six commissioners, who, … Continue reading

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Notes from the Port of Oswego Authority. V. Harbor Management Changes

By the middle of the 19th Century, Oswego’s port was vital to shipping, manufacturing, and transport of materials.  Indeed, Oswego was one of the most important ports in the young United States (Notes from the Port, I and II). In … Continue reading

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Notes from the Port of Oswego. IV. Additional Harbor Management Details

The 1848 Charter of the City of Oswego set general rules of operation and management for the first new city in northern New York.  The subsidiary document, 1848 Ordinances of the City of Oswego, defined management specificity. Chapter III of … Continue reading

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Notes from the Port of Oswego Authority: 19th Century Decline

On Feb. 24, 1942 (143 years after the US Congress had declared Oswego a Port-of-Entry), John W. O’Connor, Deputy Director of US Customs in Oswego, read to the Oswego County Historical Society a paper titled “A History of the First … Continue reading

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Notes from the Port of Oswego Authority: An Historical Perspective

The Port of Oswego Authority (www.portoswego.com) was created by the enactment of a NY State law in 1955.  Historically, Oswego had been an American port for 159 years since 1796.  Before then, this area was an indigenous village, a French … Continue reading

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