The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 4 Sep, 1870

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VESSEL TONNAGE. - The total tonnage of the Northern lakes is 661,367.59 tons, or nearly 70 per cent more than the tonnage of all the Western rivers. Of this 227,892 tons are sailing vessels, 146,236 steam vessels, and 215,164 canal boats. Referring to the table which exhibits the number of steam vessel built in the United States during the year ending June 30th, we find that on the Western rivers 34,576.41 tons were built, or ten per cent of the quantity thus existing, and therefore scarcely sufficient to repair the annual loss. Of the vessels built, 74 were steamboats, of an aggregate tonnage of 19,843.99, and 90 barges of 14,051.66. During the same period there were built for the Northern lakes 49,460.14 tons.

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The figures for the lakes appear to include only American tonnage. Though the figures don't actually add up, you get the idea. The total tonnage figure represents roughly 2,200 registered U.S. vessels.
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4 Sep, 1870
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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), 4 Sep, 1870