The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
John E. Potts (Propeller), 1 Jul 1884

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The stmb. JOHN E. POTTS arrived at Chicago Sunday from Barryville, Lake Superior, with a load of lumber. With her present name, and many changes in her appearance, very few people will recognize her as the famous old passenger steamer MOHAWK, which travelled the route between Buffalo and Chicago in the fifties. It is the revised edition of the MOHAWK, rebuilt, and supplied with a new name and new machinery. To the old timers the MOHAWK is as well known as the port where she was built. She was originally built for the Western Transportation Co., and after her launch it was thought that her immense (?) size would prevent her from being successful. But she was. The MOHAWK was burned almost to the water's edge about 15 years ago, and her machinery was taken out of her and her hull converted into a tow barge. Last winter she was hauled out at Oscoda and rebuilt, new machinery placed on her, name changed.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      July 1, 1884 3-5

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John E. Potts (Propeller), 1 Jul 1884