The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Henry W. Oliver (Propeller), 22 Jun 1899

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      The Wilson line steamer HENRY W. OLIVER is proving by long odds the largest freight carrier among the steam vessels of the great lakes and will undoubtedly hold first place until the 500-foot Wolvin steamers that are to be built at Lorain go into commission next spring. The largest of the steel tow barges in the ore trade are, of course, carrying more than the OLIVER, but they have only 200 or 300 tons the best of her. On 17 feet 9 inches draught, she brought down from Lake Superior, a few days ago, 6,731 gross tons of ore. This includes the 1 per cent. allowed for moisture in the ore and is equal to 7,539 net tons. It is expected that if given opportunity to load deep in the trade between Escanaba and South Chicago, instead of being confined to a little less than 18 feet draught in the St. Mary's and Detroit rivers, the OLIVER would move full 7,000 gross tons.
      The Marine Review
      June 22, 1899

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Henry W. Oliver (Propeller), 22 Jun 1899