The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
J. E. Potts (Barge), 7 Jun 1900

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The wooden barges J. E. POTTS and GEORGE W. BISSELL, which were damaged by incendiary fires last year, while tied up near the Solvay Process Co.'s works, are being rebuilt at Detroit, and will be placed in service in August. Captain Hiram L. Brown, the owner, is planning now to place engines in the POTTS and is rebuilding her as a steam barge.
      The POTTS was built in Cleveland in 1856, and was considered a monster in her day. She carried 566 tons gross and is 200 feet long and 31 feet beam. In 1891, $32,000 was expended on the POTTS and she was rebuilt into what was considered a "mighty smart" boat.
      The BISSELL was built at Marine City in 1863. She had a gross capacity of 278 feet and is 152 feet over all. The BISSELL was rebuilt in 1893 at an expense of $20,000, and her hull is still found to be in excellent condition. It is expected that the boats will be placed in the lumber trade.
      Saginaw Courier-Herald
      June 7, 1900

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J. E. Potts (Barge), 7 Jun 1900