The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Osceola (Propeller), 21 Jan 1892

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Milwaukee, Wis., Jan. 21.-Ten steamers are at present plying across Lake Michigan delivering freight, principally flour, to the eastern trunk lines, and next winter there will probably be twelve. The Delaware & Lackawanna Railway Company last week established a route between Keewanee and Frankfort with the steamer OSCEOLA, which left Port Huron the first week in January and succeeded in passing through the Straits without great hindrance from ice. The eastbound freight handled by the OSCEOLA reaches the Lackawanna system at Toledo over the Toledo, Ann Arbor & Northern Michigan Railway. According to current gossip the Canadian Pacific will also compete for a share re of the flour trade of the west another winter. Having secured an entrance to Detroit, Grand Haven will next be reached through a traffic arrangement with the Chicago &West Michigan and Detroit, Lansing & Northern railways, and a line of steamers will then be run between Grand Haven and Milwaukee during the winter months at least. The large whaleback steamers PILLSBURY and WASHBURN, now in course of construction at West Superior, to run between Gladstone and Buffalo, are virtually the property of the Canadian Pacific Railway Company, and unless found too large will no doubt be utilized for this new winter line. The information here conveyed affords a satisfactory explanation of rumors that have been afloat for several weeks concerning a proposed introduction of whaleback steamers on the Grand Haven route in the near future. The present Grand Trunk management is too sluggish to even dream of improving its service, and it will devolve upon the Canadian Pacific to introduce an innovation that may serve as an eye opener. Of the steamers trading out of Milwaukee just now the only ones at all uncertain in their movements are those of the Eastern Transit Company, which once more ply to St. Joseph after a brief and un satisfactory trial of Grand Haven. They hardly average a round trip each a week.
      The Marine Review
      January 21, 1892

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Osceola (Propeller), 21 Jan 1892