The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Maryland (Propeller), 12 Nov 1891

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      Escanaba, Mich. Nov. 5 - There is no need of statistical data to determine that this city is the iron capital of the world. Four immense docks at the harbor entrance in addition to the Schlesinger dock several miles north, and the arrival and departure of floating property aggregating 25,000 to 45,000 tons every 24 hours, the 25 miles of C. & N.W. Railway yards, and the double tracks to the mine - all make up a convincing spectacle of Escanaba's greatness as a ore handling line. In the face of a decreased output and decreased shipment from other ports, it is expected that Escanaba will equal the shipments of last year. The management of these docks and the attention paid to details of shipments is marvelous. Eighty-five different kinds of ore are handled, and the different grades of ore are watched so carefully that mistakes made at the mine are corrected here. No. 4 dock is 2,524 feet long, is 36 feet wide and has 250 pockets. No record breaking reports of fast work are given out front the office, but in course of conversation it was learned that the MARYLAND had received 3,028 tons in 3 hours and 50 minutes, the BRITON 2,600 tons in 3 hours and the BUSINESS got 1,397 tons in 30 minutes. Mr. H.A. Barr is superintendent of the docks, and he is so thoroughly conversant with the detail under his management that he can tell at it moment's notice how many tons of different kinds of ore there is in the pockets
      The MARYLAND, Capt. Yax and Engineer M. Conley, that wonderful carrier, is not slow. Running light front South Chicago to Escanaba she makes over 15 miles an hour almost every trip.
      The Marine Review
      November 12, 1891

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Maryland (Propeller), 12 Nov 1891