Dix (Steamboat), 23 Apr 1872
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Our Revenue Cutters. - Examinations already made or now in progress show that the revenue cutters built by the government in 1865 for service on the lakes are in an advanced state of decay, and practically unseaworthy. Such is the case with the ANDREW JOHNSON, stationed here, and it was upon the strength of a report to that effect, made by Capt. Evans, that the Treasury Department decided to keep her out of commission. Capt. Evans found the timbers of the JOHNSON doey*, and the vessel unseaworthy. According to his estimate an expenditure of $5,000 and upwards will be necessary to rebuild her.
The revenue cutter DIX was officially examined on Wednesday, and found to be in such a state of decay as to be unseaworthy. The Examining Board will recommend to the Secretary of the Treasury to condemn her. The DIX has seen but one year's active service.
We expect to hear similar reports from the others. The cause of the sudden decay of these handsome steamers is the total absence of salt in their hulls, none having been used when they were built. The folly of the official who had charge of their construction will cost the government fully half a million dollars, for it is hardly probable that any of them will be rebuilt, and if sold at auction they will not bring one-half of the actual value of their beautiful machinery. - Milwaukee Wisconsin.
Detroit Free Press
April 23, 1872
Steam paddle JOHN A. DIX. U. S. No. 75440. Of 529.61 tons gross; 310.35 tons net. Built Tonawanda, N.Y. 1865. Home port, Chicago, Ill. 172.8 x 27.6 x 10.9 Of 300 Nominal horse power.
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1891
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- William R. McNeil
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Maritime History of the Great Lakes