The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 25 Jul 1905

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The annual report of Lieut.-Col. Charles E. L. B. Davis, district engineer and engineer in charge of the deep waterway work through the lakes, has been forwarded to Washington

Commerce through the Detroit river for the year ending June 30 last was shown to total 39,328,689 tons, as compared with 37,453,796 tons in 1903, and 33,049,984 tons in 1902. Commerce through the St. Mary's river including both American and Canadian locks, for the season of 1904, which lasted seven months and twenty-seven days, aggregated 31,546,106 tons, valued at $334,502,686.

The figures showing diversity of traffic are interesting:

American Locks Canadian LocksTotal
Vessel passages 15,195 5,049 20,235
Lockages 9,121 3,671 12,792
Registered ton'ge 27,272,017 5,849,044 33,121,061
Freight tonnage 34,385,090 6,705,304 41,090,394
Passengers 22,931 19,286 43,217
Hard coal, net tons. 959,871 105,753 1,065,624
Soft coal, net tons 5,083,005 1,005,875 6,088,880
Flour, bbls. 3,116,763 2,233,245 5,350,007
Wheat, bu. 19,924,494 29,530,703 49,445,196
Grain, other than wheat 29,747,536 6,349,703 36,097,239
Manf. and pig iron 182,490 75,988 258,478
Salt, bbls. 321,095 129,162 450,257
Copper, net tons 121,419 11,944 133,363
Iron ore, net tons 24,209,459 3,853,325 28,062,784
Lumber, M ft. B.M.* 975,385 28,820 1,004,205
Silver ore, net tons 737 192 949
Building stone, net tons 27,326 1,565 28,881
General mdse., net tons 537,364 302,406 839,770

The only decreases in traffic are shown in flour and wheat. The increase in ore over 1903 is 10,602,034 tons; freight tonnage, 12,496,032 tons; registered tonnage 10,212,067 tons; grain, other than wheat, 4,451,223 bushels.

To continue ship canal work, Col. Davis asks for a total of $5,690,000. To complete work at the St. Mary's falls, it is estimated that $800,000 will be needed. For the proposed new lock, $3,300,000 is required. For the completion of the Hay lake and Neebish channels, $1,000,000 is asked, the amount on hand being $2,146,428.

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"M ft. B.M." = 1,000 feet, board measure [1 board foot = equivalent to a board a foot long, a foot wide and an inch thick = 144 cubic inches] A "true" eight-foot "two by four" is 5 1/3 board feet, while a "nominal" two by four of the same length (the kind you'd buy at a lumber yard) is 3 1/2 bd. ft.
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25 Jul 1905
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 25 Jul 1905