The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Barge 103 (Barge), 17 Oct 1889


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A CIGAR-SHAPED BARGE.
      First Trip of the Tank Grain Boat 103 and a Small Shortage of the Cargo.
The queer looking barge 103 which is now in Buffalo attracts the attention of the curious as she lies in the creek. The barge, half submerged in the water, looks like a huge cigar. The bow and stern are oval and the rudder is out of sight below the load line. When the boat arrived with 86,000 bushels of wheat from Duluth the top of the deck was only eight feet above the water. The top of the hull is perfectly water-tight. A boiler is on the boat to work the windlass and capstan and steam pumps. The maker of the boat claims that she can be towed more easily than the old style. In a storm the seas roll over the decks, which, it is asserted, in an advantage. Out of the cargo 863 bushels were short, 463 being wet. The tank boat was built in 60 days.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Thursday, October 17, 1889



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whaleback's description
Date of Original:
1889
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McN.E.8977
Language of Item:
English
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Barge 103 (Barge), 17 Oct 1889