"THE DOWS LITTLE SISTER"
SHE PROVES THE LARGEST CARRIER.
There is great rivalry between the masters and crew of the monster schooners DAVID DOWS and GEORGE W. ADAMS. The DOWS measures 1,481 tons, and the ADAMS 1,444 tons, the DOW being 37 tons the largest, according to the Custom house measurement. The DOW is larger, but has not so much beam as the ADAMS. When the DOW first came out, it was reported by the builders and the owners [the same parties built and own both craft] that she would be considerably the largest carrier. Indeed the captain and crew of the DOWS have been calling the other her 'little sister." All this must be changed now. It is the DOWS that is the ADAMS 'little sister."
When they loaded oats, on the last trip, the ADAMS, to the surprise of all, took the greatest number of bushels. Captain Shelden, of the DOWS, insisted however, that the oats she loaded were very light and occupied more space than they otherwise would. "When the DOWS and ADAMS load heavier stuff," continued Captain Shelden, "it will be seen which is really the largest carrier."
Well, now they have loaded heavier stuff - corn - and there is another surprise for Captain Shelden and the builders and owners. The DOWS took 81,065 bushels of corn and the ADAMS 81,738 bushels, the ADAMS having 673 bushels the largest cargo. It is thus seen that as between these two craft the ADAMS takes the cake, and the DOWS is the "little sister."
The J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, April/July, 1881