The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Wahnapitea (Barge), 1 Oct 1887

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The WAHNAPITEA the big lumber craft now doing service on Lake Superior in the lumber carrying trade is named after a river in Canada where its owners have large lumber interests, and was built in 1896 by the Emery Lumber Co., of East Saginaw, for carrying their logs from Green Bay to East Saginaw, a distance of 190 miles, at a small cost. Her length is 250 feet, breadth 54 feet, depth 11 feet 6 inches, flat bottom and square ended, with two hoisting engines, for placing logs upon the deck of this barge. She has not been used the present season for logs, but exclusively for lumber. She is commanded by Captain Thos. Kerr and towed by the steamer FAVORITE. Her log capacity is 500,000 feet, equaling 2,250,000 feet of lumber. Her sailing time to Tonawanda from Ashland is about 7 days. She is an excellent sea going craft, but carries no propelling engines, or even sails, except a small jib sheet. She is said to have attracted as much curiosity at the Ashland docks as a white elephant would have done.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Oct. 20, 1887 p. 2

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Wahnapitea (Barge), 1 Oct 1887