The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
R. N. Rice (Steamboat), 17 Jun 1877

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Since the burning of the R.N. RICE on the 10th instant the Detroit & Cleveland Steamboat Line have been in doubt whether they would rebuild the burned boat or not. To place the RICE in as good a condition as before the fire it will require at least $45,000 and then she would not be exactly the steamer desired by the company. The business of this line requires a steamer modeled for speed and one that can take on a large deck load, very little of the freight transported by these boats being consigned to the hold.
      Although not yet an established certainty, the company are planning to construct a steamer which will be ready for the route next spring, and one that will make the trip from Detroit to Cleveland in 6 1/2 hours. Should they carry out the above plans the RICE will be transformed into a barge, her hull being in a perfect condition.
      In the meantime negotiations are pending to secure the stm. SAGINAW to run during the remainder of the season in consort with the NORTHWEST.
      The SAGINAW is now running from Cleveland to Port Stanley, and a dispatch from her to D. Carter, at this port, received yesterday, stated she would come provided her present captain and engineer be retained.
      Detroit Free Press
      June 17, 1877

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R. N. Rice (Steamboat), 17 Jun 1877