The Free Press tells how they do it: "The barge WAVERLY, which has been undergoing an extensive overhauling during the past few weeks at Captain Oades' yard, will soon be ready for business. In fitting this barge for work something entirely new, as far as the lakes are concerned, has been tried. The barge has been sheathed with Norway pine and oak two inches thick, from three feet below the bilge to the plank-shear; this has been thoroughly caulked, and has had the effect of stopping all leaks completely. She has received new deck beams and decks, and, in order to increase her strength, seven iron rods have been run through her thwartships and screwed up tightly. She has a new plank-shear, 5½ inches thick, and the bulwarks are made of 1½ inch Georgia pine, put on tight from the rail down to the plank-shear, which greatly adds to the strength of the barge. She has received two knees and a new ceiling where it was found necessary, two masts and two wale-streaks, together with new stanchions where necessary, and about forty-five new frames. The WAVERLY will be commanded by Captain James P. Lugenbeel, under whose supervision her repairs have been carried on. Her first cargo will be lumber from Tawas to Detroit, at $2.50.
Friday, October 7, 1881
Schooner WAVERLY. U. S. No. 26173. Of 262.55 tons gross; 249.53 tins net. Built Sacket's Harbor, N.Y., 1853. Home port, Detroit, Mich. 134.0 x 25.0 x 10.0
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885