The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Vulcan (Tug), 23 Apr 1872

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      Rafting - The Tug VULCAN. - The business of rafting lumber and timber through the lakes, which was introduced a few years since by Southern and Eastern capitalists, has reached a point to enlist a large amount of means, bringing into service a large number of steamers. The steam tug VULCAN is now in the third year of this trade. During the season of 1871 she transferred from Au Sable to points eastward no less than twenty-four rafts of timber, one of which contained upwards of 1,500,000 feet; the whole number of rafts figuring in the aggregate upwards of 20,000,000 feet, and in no one instance was one of them lost. The VULCAN has been fitted out this spring in the best possible manner for a renewal of the trade, and proving so well and efficiently officered and managed last year there has been no change for the coming season. The VULCAN goes equipped with the most thorough apparatus to insure the safe transfer of rafts, which this season will be transported respectively to Port Huron, Detroit and Toledo. She is commanded by Capt. McGregor.
      Detroit Free Press
      April 23, 1872

NOTE: The 249 t. VULCAN was the sister of the large tug CHAMPION, which was famous for her long tows of schooners up and down the Detroit River. VULCAN was owned by Livingston & Co., Detroit. It can well be imagined the chaos caused to shipping by a broken-up raft of a million feet of sawlogs, and any tug that could successfully ride herd on such an unweildly tow was valuable indeed.

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William R. McNeil
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Vulcan (Tug), 23 Apr 1872