The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
John Smeaton (Barge), 27 Jul 1899

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      The new steel barge JOHN SMEATON of the Rockefeller fleet, recently completed at the works of Superior Ship Building Co. West Superior, Wis., established on her maiden trip a cargo record that will very probably stand for the balance of the season on the great lakes, unless it is broken by the SMEATON herself, as the vessel is the largest of the barges now in commission. The SMEATON left the cargo record distinction with the MANILA of the Minnesota Steamship Co.'s fleet for only a few days. The Manila had moved from Lake Superior to South Chicago 7,399 gross or 8,237 net tons of iron ore. Then the SMEATON loaded at Duluth for Lake Erie 7,446 gross or 8,339 net tons. These are actual weights, that is with 1 per cent moisture addition to bill of lading figures. The SMEATON is 10 feet longer and 1 foot deeper than the MANILA, but is a heavier vessel. Both barges were loaded to a fraction of an inch over 18 feet.
      The Marine Review
      July 27, 1899

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John Smeaton (Barge), 27 Jul 1899