The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Michigan (Schooner), 25 Aug 1874

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A new double deck, 3 and after is on the stocks to be ready August 1st and will be the first of her class on the lakes. Keel 212 ft., beam 37 ft., lower hold 10 ft., between decks 7.5 ft. Wire rigged and double top sails, is buiding at Detroit Dry Dock Co. (Poole Collection note)
      Detroit Free Press
      March 22, 1874

The large double decked schooner building by Detroit Dry Dock Co. will be put in the water Tuesday 3 P.M. (8/25). She is a model craft not only with respect to strength of build and beauty of lines but as being the first double decked freight vessel constructed on the lakes. - Detroit Post (Poole Collection note)
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      August 25, 1874

      The new ship MICHIGAN was launched yesterday afternoon is painted a beautiful black with white heads. Her cabins are of the most improved kind. (Poole Collection note)
      Detroit Free Press
      August 26, 1874

      At Detroit Thursday (8/25) was witnessed by a large crowd the launch of the double deck schooner MICHIGAN, the first ever constructed on the lakes, also one of the largest. She is a handsome vessel. She will be wire rigged throughout and will carry 3 masts. She is owned by Capt. Stephen R. Kirby and others. Length on load line 214 ft., overall 225 ft., 37 ft. width and depth of lower hold 9 5/6 ft., in shallowest place; between decks 6 5/6 ft. in shallowest place. Rig 3 masts double top sail. Will carry 60,000 bushels on 13 1/2 ft. draft. Costs ready for sea $70,000. (Poole Collection note)
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      August 27, 1874

      As the schooner lay upon the narrow ways all her props except those attached to runners knocked out the expression of admiration for her perfect lines so unusual in a vessel of such immense size, were universal. As she slid gracefully into the water not a harsh sound was heard or the slightest jar felt by those on the deck, so complete had been the arrangements for launching. As she struck the water her burgee was floated to the breezeamidst deafeneing cheers and the very appropriate name MICHIGAN was hailed with delight from shore and deck. Her top streak of ceiling and outside planking are knoteched and keyed from bilge to covering board and a better deck or a sounder and cleaner timber was probably never had. She is to be 3 masted wire rigged and every appliance to lessen labor will be attached to her in the way of winches, capstans and improved windlasses. Her cabins are models of neatness and convenience. She will go in the Chicago/Buffalo trade but is destined for the ocean as soon as the canal is enlarged. (Poole Collection note)
      Detroit Free Press
      August 27, 1874

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Michigan (Schooner), 25 Aug 1874