The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit (Propeller), 28 Jul 1866

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LUMBER BARGE - A CRAFT OF AN EARLY DATE. - Such is the rush for lumber barges this season, that everything of almost every conceivable shape, that in the past has ever floated on the waters, without respect to her former classification, is being transformed into a craft for the transportation of lumber. We noticed in one of our ship-yards yesterday what was formerly the propeller DETROIT, which is to be used for this purpose. The DETROIT was built in this city twenty one years ago - just three years after the introduction of the first propeller on the lakes, namely, the VANDALIA, of Oswego, which made her appearance in these water in May, 1842, en route to Chicago. The year following the HERCULES and SAMPSON came into commission. The DETROIT up to within the past two or three years, has been in constant service, and is yet in good state of preservation. She needs but trifling repairs to fit her for a few more years of profitable service. - Detroit Free Press, 26th.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      July 28, 1866

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Detroit (Propeller), 28 Jul 1866