The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), October 14, 1882

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Very little hope is entertained by her owners of the release of the barge Waverly ashore near Point St. Ignace. She is by no means a new craft, having been built at Sacketts Harbor [sic] in 1853. She was at one time a bark and was considered a good one in her day. She registers 262 tons and has neither rating nor value, according to the Lloyds Hull Register. The Waverly rested on the bottom of the Detroit River for several years, but was raised a little over a year ago. It was found impracticable to rebuild her, and to prevent her leaking, she was sheathed all over with inch and a half timber. Several iron rods were run through her to hold her together, and in this shape she has navigated the lakes in the lumber trade. She is uninsured.

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Toward the end of the 19th century, the papers made much of the practice among vessel owners of continuing to use old wooden schooners until they were barely able to float. Indeed, statistics show that as high as 80% of all wooden vessel were used until wrecked, rather than being retired, even though many were well overaged. As this article shows, some were already flaoting wrecks when they put to sea. This was one of the main abuses that early seamen's unions fought against. Incredibly, the WAVERLY was recovered and used until declared unseaworthy in 1891!
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October 14, 1882
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Dave Swayze
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), October 14, 1882