The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oconto (Propeller), U19369, 1883

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The Goodrich Line have sold the propeller OCONTO to Geo. L. Colwell of Harrisville, Mich., for $17,000. Sale was announced Friday. The OCONTO was built at Manitowoc in 1872.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Saturday, August 18, 1883
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The propeller OCONTO, recently rebuilt by Rand & Burger, at Manitowoc, for the Goodrich Transportation Co., made her first call at this port (Cleveland) on Tuesday. She rates A 2, and is owned by George L. Colwell. She is 155 feet over all, 145 feet keel; 32 feet 10 inch beam and 10 feet hold, and cost $17,500. She is finely fitted, has large cabin and stateroom accommodations, convenient for ninety passengers. She carries on her first trip to Cleveland sixty-three passengers and 2,000,000 shingles. Captain McGregor her master, has been a fortunate sailor, which fact, seems to be appreciated by the people on the line. The OCONTO will run between Cleveland and Saginaw, stopping at Goderich and other intermediate points.
      Marine Record
      September 6, 1883

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The propeller OCONTO that has recently entered the Clevland and Saginaw trade will next winter receive a new steel boiler and compound engine.
      Mariner Record
      September 27, 1883

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Oconto (Propeller), U19369, 1883