The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
J. E. Potts (Schooner), U16315, 1891

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The stmb. JOHN E. POTTS arrived at Chicago Sunday from Barryville, Lake Superior, with a load of lumber. With her present name, and many changes in her appearance, very few people will recognize her as the famous old passenger steamer MOHAWK, which travelled the route between Buffalo and Chicago in the fifties. It is the revised edition of the MOHAWK, rebuilt, and supplied with a new name and new machinery. To the old timers the MOHAWK is as well known as the port where she was built. She was originally built for the Western Transportation Co., and after her launch it was thought that her immense (?) size would prevent her from being successful. But she was. The MOHAWK was burned almost to the water's edge about 15 years ago, and her machinery was taken out of her and her hull converted into a tow barge. Last winter she was hauled out at Oscoda and rebuilt, new machinery placed on her, name changed.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      July 1, 1884 3-5

      Propeller J.E. POTTS. Of 575 tons. Built at Cleveland in 1856 by Moses. Rebuilt 1883. Owned by Iasco T. Co. Home port, Au Sable. Value $30,000. Class A 2. REMARKS. -- Formerly MOHAWK.
      Inland lloyds vessel register, 1884

      Steam screw MOHAWK. U.S. No. 16315, of 530.78 tons gross; 453.11 tons net. Home port, Port Huron, Mich. Changed name to J.E. POTTS on July 25, 1883.
      List of Vessels Whose Names Have been
      Changed under the Act of March 2, 1881
      U. S. Merchant vessel List, 1885
      Steam screw J.E. POTTS.* U.S. No. 16315. Of 566.02 tons gross; 537.72 tons net. Built at Cleveland, Ohio in 1856. Home port, Detroit, Mich. 201.4 x 30.9 x 12.1
      * Formerly steam screw MOHAWK.
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1892
Steam screw MOHAWK.* U. S. No. 16315. Of 1014 gross tons. Built Cleveland, O., 1856. 201.4 x 30.9 x 12.1.
      * Renamed J.E. POTTS - U. S. - 1884
      J.E. POTTS - U. S. - 1891 [Schooner Barge]
      Herman Runge List

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J. E. Potts (Schooner), U16315, 1891