The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 17 June, 1868

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ARRIVAL OF A BLOCKADE RUNNER. - The Bu[ffalo] Courier mentions the arrival at that place, in [two] parts, towed by a tug, of the steamer Chicora, [used as] a blockade runner during the war. She was built [at] Liverpool, in 1864, by C. W. Weller & Co., and [her] general appearance is that of a rakish and fast-g[oing] vessel, with very fine lines fore and aft, with [round] cutwater and round stern - built especially for [fast] running. Her hull is of iron, and she is pecul[iarly] constructed. Her dimensions are 230 feet [keel], beam of hull 26 feet, beam extreme over pa[ddle] boxes 46 feet, depth of hold 11 feet 8 inches. She is worked by two oscillating engines, [of 52] inch cylinder and 4 feet stroke, and of [?] horse power nominal. Her engines were built [by] Fawcett & Preston, one of the oldest and first b[uilders] of marine engines in England. She has [?] large tubular boilers, with 410 tubes in each bo[iler,] four furnaces to each boiler, and works un[der] general low pressure of forty-five pounds of s[team]. She is built in seven water-tight compartments, [and] fitted up with extra steam pumps, which can at [any] time, be connected with one or all of the compartments at pleasure. At the close of the late war, [she] was taken to Halifax, N.S., where she lay [until] purchased by her present owners, Messrs. [K?] & Co., of Toronto, C. W., last fall, with the in[ten]tion of fitting her up as a first-class passenger bo[at to] run between Collingwood and Fort William, Lake Superior, touching at intermediate ports. She [has] been brought to Buffalo for alterations, and wi[ll go] into Bidwell & Mason's dry dock for this purpose.

It is expected that she will be ready for business in about a month. When finished she will have [an] entire sponsing deck running around her, and [new] cabins, and will then be a first-class passenger [boat]. She is fore and aft schooner rigged, and will [?] canvass, and will be able to make from sixteen to eighteen miles an hour. It was necessary to cut [her] in two, so that she could pass through the St. Lawrence and Welland Canals, and she was accordingly cut between two of the water-tight compartments. David Bell, Esq., has charge of the work of pu[tting] her back together.

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Unfortunately, the microfilm of this interesting article on a famous laker was printed in the gutter of the paper and was sewn into a bound volume, which was later microfilmed. As a result, the end of each line is missing. Some words are extrapolated, but anything that is not easily reconstructed is in parentheses and represents my best guess at the original. The article was too good to pass up. The iron-hulled LET HER B/CHICORA/WARRENKO was actually used on the lakes until about 1938!        
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17 June, 1868
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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), 17 June, 1868