The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
United (Barge), 11 Sep 1869

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In the storm which took place on Lake Huron on Thursday, by which several lumber barges were wrecked, while others narrowly escaped a like fate, one of the number which weathered the violence of the tempest is deserving of more than passing notice. We refer to the barge UNITED, which some 30 years since was a ferry steamer on the Detroit River, and for several years was the only craft plying in that capacity. She was built in 1836 at Algonac, and a few years since was converted into a lumber barge by being thoroughly rebuilt. On Wednesday she left the Saginaw River lumber laden for Cleveland and during the storm sprang a leak, and to prevent shipwreck a portion of her cargo was thrown overboard when she came on with others in the tow arriving here this morning.
      Detroit Advertiser & Tribune
      September 11, 1869 1-3

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      The tow barge UNITED passed up last evening with the schooner MAYFLOWER. The UNITED was formerly a regular ferry between this city and Sarnia, and is truly a relic of the past. She has been in commission for 32 years.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Thursday, October 6, 1874

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United (Barge), 11 Sep 1869