The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 10 Aug 1900

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Next Tuesday the first six-masted schooner ever built in the world will be launched at Camden, Me. She is named George W. Wells, is 308 feet keel, 49 feet beam and 23 feet deep, will carry 5000 tons of coal and cost $100,000. Her ground tackle is of the heaviest description, one anchor weighing 7,200 and the other 8,200 pounds, and each is on 1,200 feet of 2 1-2 inch chain. She has a donkey engine of 30 horsepower, and for her own good, in case of leaking or stranding, two wrecking pumps with a capacity of 1,200 gallons a minute. The Great Lakes once had a five-masted schooner called David Dows, which foundered off Kenosha six years ago, but she was smaller than the Wells. At this time a score of larger schooners are on the lakes.*

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*DAVID DOWS - 5-mast schr built by Bailey Bros, Toledo, 1881. She was 265 ft., 1481 gt. Lost 11/25/1889 off Whiting, Ind, 10 mi SSE of Chicago. The larger lakes "schooners" mentioned were actually schooner-barges. An example: CHATTANOOGA, built 1898 by Jas. Davidson, W. Bay City, in 1898. 308x45x22, 2339 gt. I believe "a score" is exaggerated. There were seven or eight other wooden schooner-barges of about this size at this time. WELLS was stranded and lost off North Carolina in 1913.
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10 Aug 1900
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 10 Aug 1900