The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Gettysburg (Propeller), U85957, 3 Nov 1898

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Present indications are that the Atlantic Transportation Co. of New York, which recently chartered a fleet of upwards of forty lake vessels for use in the coal carrying trade on the Atlantic coast will not be able to get all of these vessels to the coast this season. The company had a separate insurance arrangement covering the voyage of the boats from Montreal to New York. with the stipulation that all the vessels were to leave Montreal by a certain time. The departure of some of the barges has been delayed beyond this time and it is said that the insurance companies have refused to accept further risks. This will in all probability necessitate the wintering of the boats at Kingston. The hitch will not, of course, in any way affect the interests of the vesselmen who have made charters to the Atlantic company - that is, the boats will in no case be thrown back on their hands, although an effort may be made to induce the owners of the vessels which will be thus delayed to grant an extension and have the charters date from next spring instead of from this autumn. The lake owners who chartered vessels to the Atlantic company received checks this week covering the second month of the charter.
In this connection it is stated that the steamer GETTYSBURG, chartered from Alger, Smith & Co. of Detroit by the Atlantic Transportation Co., will not go to the coast by reason of an inability to go over the rapids. The vessels taken to the coast by the Atlantic company are all insured from the time of their delivery to the company at lake ports, but it is understood that the underwriters do not agree to bear losses sustained in running the rapids. At the outset the Atlantic people. after conferring with their contractor, fixed the maximum draught at 7 feet. They were so anxious to secure the GETTYSBURG. however. that an exception was made in her case. She was allowed an additional 4 inches, but it was found impossible to get her up even to that draught, although it is understood $2,500 was spent in shifting her boilers in the hope that it might be accomplished.
      The Marine Review
      November 3, 1898

      GETTYSBURG.* Built 1887 Bulk Propeller - Wood
U. S. No. 85957 1358 gt - 1082 nt 208.6' x 37.1' x 21,6'
      Taken to coast in 1915.
      * renamed (b) BARNSTABLE - US - 1916
      Foundered off Tybee Light, Georgia, September 13, 1919.
      Toledo Shipbuilding Master List
      Institute for Great Lakes Research
      Perrysburg, Ohio

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Gettysburg (Propeller), U85957, 3 Nov 1898