The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Michigan (Steamboat), 18 Feb 1892

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      Chicago Lake Interests. - The Excelsior Marine Benevolent Association has passed resolutions in favor of a new revenue cutter in place of the old-time ANDY JOHNSON. Petitions to Congress to the same end have been circulated and generally signed. The board of trade has been active in the same course. Collector Clark is hopeful that Congress will give the new cutter and also an additional appropriation for the new boarding cutter at Chicago harbor. At the Naval display commemorative of the Grant monument anniversary last October, the absurdity of the government vessels on the lakes compared with the merchant marine was most marked. Here was the ancient metaltub MICHIGAN alongside the steamer HUDSON, and the steamer TUSCARORA got in the range of the JOHNSON. It seemed possible for the big and powerful merchant steamers to run clear through the United States vessels without a scratch. The MICHIGAN and JOHNSON were the most antiquated and frail of all the craft in the display. Their commanders did wisely in staying in port when the wind blew. The general government would be better represented by no boats at all than these back number craft.
      The Marine Review
      February 18, 1892

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Michigan (Steamboat), 18 Feb 1892