D. P. Rhodes (Schooner), 21 Mar 1871
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New Vessels. - At Jones' shipyard, in this city, two very large vessels have been on the stocks all winter, and one is now about ready to launch. One of them is for Winslow, of Cleveland, and is 225 feet in length, 35 feet 4 inches beam, and 14 feet 6 inches depth of hold. She will be something of a novelty to our lake marine, as she will have four masts, all fore and aft rigged. She is being substantially built, and strongly fastened throughout, and will be wire rigged. She will cost in the neighborhood of $75,000, and will be ready for launching about April 10. She will go into the iron ore trade between Escanaba and Cleveland.
A large three and after is nearly as far advanced, the dimensions of which are the same as the vessel before described, except that she is one foot longer. She is being built for Bradley and Co., of Cleveland, and is intended to be towed in the iron ore trade behind a new steam barge now in the process of construction at Cleveland, for the same owners. She will cost about the same as the other, and be ready for launching about the middle of April. Each of these vessels is expected to carry about 1,600 tons of iron ore, and they have been built with especial reference to that trade, which requires the strongest of hulls. These jobs and the minor work of the yard give employment to nearly 180 men.
Detroit Free Press
March 21, 1871
Note: The vessel in the first paragraph was the RICHARD WINSLOW, the first 4-mast schooner on the lakes. She was reduced to a towbarge in 1890 and foundered near White Shoals, Lake Michigan in 1898, while still in the iron ore trade. The three-master was the schooner D. P. RHODES (later ARTHUR MORGAN), which lasted - almost unbelievably - until scrapped in 1938. The strengthening of her hull for the iron ore trade really paid off!
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- William R. McNeil
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Maritime History of the Great Lakes