The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Manistique (Propeller), 29 Nov 1883

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The steambarge MANISTIQUE, partly loaded with lumber for Cleveland, was at the west side railroad wharf yesterday, taking on board two railroad coaches for the Detroit, Bay City & Alpena railroad which will be delivered at East Tawas, wind and weather permitting. The coaches are, 50 feet in length and the MANISITIQUE 30 in width. The cars will be loaded sideways so that they will extend over the side 10 feet on either side. The captain states that this is something new for him, but he will try to get along as if he were an old hand at carrying cargoes of this kind. The draws of the two bridge through which his boat must pass are 65 feet in width so that it will take some careful engineering to get through them safely. He will get the assistance of a tug.
      Bay City Tribune
      November 29, 1883

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Manistique (Propeller), 29 Nov 1883