The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Marion (Propeller), 18 Feb 1892

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Milwaukee, Wis., Feb. 18 - During the early winter months Milwaukee vessel owners did not let the matter of freights for the coming season trouble them much. An awakening is now perceptible, however, and from this time out they may bestir themselves. The ice was broken last week when the total output of the Pewabic iron mine, which will reach anywhere from 75,000 to 125,000 gross tons, was taken for the steamers HELENA, VERONICA, MARION and towbarge HELENA, (AMBOY, the latter is expected to be named) at 95 cents per ton. The Pewabic mine is owned by Milwaukee capitalists, hence the dicker was made at home. The ore product has already been sold. Shipments are to be made from Escanaba to Lake Erie ports. The Grand Haven fleet consisting of the steamers Ionia, Mary R. Boyce and towbarge Mary A. McGregor, will deliver 100,000 tons of ore to the Iroquois furnace at South Chicago from Escanaba. The rate is not mentioned, but as the Illinois Steel Company last season paid 50 cents, free of handling, and as this contract is of similar character although the ore dock is situated farther up the Calumet river, 55 or 60 cents may be the possible figures.
      The Marine Review
      February 18, 1892

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Marion (Propeller), 18 Feb 1892