The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 25 Apr, 1871

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BARGE WINDSOR. - The steam ferry Windsor, which was burned a few years since after a comparatively short career, has quite recently been rebuilt. In carrying out the work she has been materially improved, being lengthened, having altogether different bows, and now bears the semblance of a first-class sailing vessel. The material used in the rebuild has been the very best, well bolted and thoroughly fastened. Her length is 114 feet keel, 30 feet beam, 9 feet depth of hold. She is well adapted for either the iron ore or lumber trade, and has one mast with sail. Her lumber capacity is about 300 m [thousand board] feet. She will be ready for business in about three weeks. She costs, completed, about $9,000.

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Windsor burned to the waterline at Detroit almost exactly five years prior to this article - on Apr 26, 1866, with the loss of 28-30 lives. She was nearly destroyed when the Detroit and Milwaukee's riverside railroad terminal burned to ashes after the explosion of a barrel of naptha. The steamer DETROIT prevented furthur damage to nearby docks and vessels by pushing the blazing WINDSOR out into the river to burn out.
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25 Apr, 1871
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 25 Apr, 1871