The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Herny W. Oliver (Propeller), 1 Jun 1899

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      Exact figures regarding the first cargo of the new Wilson line steamer HENRY W. OLIVER are not at hand, but it will approximate 6500 gross or about 7300 net tons of ore, which is the largest cargo ever carried by a lake steamer through the rivers. The big tow barges of the Bessemer fleet have carried much larger cargoes, and one load moved by the steamer SUPERIOR CITY from Escanaba to South Chicago on about 15 feet draught was also larger than the Oliver's load, but the new Wilson ship will prove by great odds the largest steam freight carrier of the lakes. She is not equal in dimensions to the Bessemer steamer MORSE, but the latter vessel is a very heavy structure and therefore not so large a carrier. The OLIVER's cargo was loaded at Duluth and is to be delivered at Cleveland.
      The Marine Review
      June 1, 1899

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Herny W. Oliver (Propeller), 1 Jun 1899