The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 11 Apr, 1872

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SHIP-BUILDING AT CHATHAM. - On the other side of the river, above the bridge at Chatham, four vessel have been in the process of construction during the past winter. Three of them are steamers, two of which are propellors [sic], the third a steam barge. One of the propellors has already been named the "City of Chatham," and is of the following dimensions: One hundred and fifty feet keel, 30 feet beam and 11 feet 6 inches hold. This boat with her consort, now building, will form two of the line known as the Chatham and Montreal Line, established some years since. The steam barge is being constructed for Mr. Dodge, of Belle Evart, near Toronto, who is also having another built at Welland of somewhat large capacity, viz.: One hundred sixty-five feet keel, 32 feet beam and 12 feet hold. A steam barge intended for the wood trade, of about 40 cords capacity, is also being built at the above point, and will soom be in readiness for business. Fifty ship captains, besides other hands, have found constant employment at the above yard throughout the winter.

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NOTE: The other propellers were MARY R. ROBERTSON and R W STANDLEY and the steam barge THAMES. Several hundred vessels in all were built up the Thames River at Chatham. Chatham and Detroit had daily communication by water for decades. Later records show the prop CITY OF CHATHAM with 132 ft keel and 24 ft beam.
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11 Apr, 1872
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 11 Apr, 1872