Maritime History of the Great Lakes
City of Toledo (Steamboat), 17 Sep 1891
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      Vessel masters and owners who know Capt. De Wolfe, inspector of hulls in the Cleveland district, will pay little attention to the story that he advised the officers of the steamer CITY OF TOLEDO to seek a race with the FRANK E. KIRBY. Capt De Wolfe's disposition in carrying out the rules of the inspection service is too well known to admit of any doubt in a matter of this kind. Still, the masters of the CITY OF TOLEDO and KIRBY can, if they desire, have a race every time they meet, passengers or no passengers providing their steamer is held within the limit prescribed in their certificate of inspection.
      The Marine Review
      September 17, 1891

      Ashley & Dustin, of Detroit, managers of the side-wheel steamer FRANK E. KIRBY, running between Sandusky, and Detroit, and credited with being the fastest boat on the lakes, write the Marine Review confirming what has been said about their having deposited $300 with the owners of the Sandusky Register for a race between the KIRBY and the steamer CITY OF TOLEDO, recently built by the Craig Ship Building Company of Toledo and fitted with horizontal triple expansion engines by the Cleveland Ship Building Company. Talk of a race between the two boats has been indulged in ever since the City of Toledo came out this season, and now Ashley & Dustin say to the Review: " If Calvin Cone, manager of the CITY OF TOLEDO, or any other person deposits $300 with you, or any other amount of money let us know." It is unfortunate, however, that there is no hope of a race this season, as the CITY OF TOLEDO will probably not be in shape for a contest of the kind proposed this fall.
      The Marine Review
      September 24, 1891

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City of Toledo (Steamboat), 17 Sep 1891