The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Sat., 1 Jun, 1872

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THE PROPELLER MERCHANT IN PORT. - This steamer, which for several days has been in serious difficulty by sinking at Bar Point, as already reported, arrived here yesterday surrounded by pontoons, with four steam pumps on her decks, which were kept actively in operation, and the tugs Sweepstakes and Magnet acting as her vanguard in her slow movement up the river to Campbell, Owen & Co.'s dry dock preparatory to the requisite examination. Probably on no former occasion has a wreck demanded so extensive a retinue of aid, and of so complicated a character, as has been the case of the present undertaking. In the summing of the bill of items a heavy reckoning will be at hand.

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The MERCHANT was a significant and valuable vessel, being the first all-iron commercial vessel to operate on the lakes. She was built in 1862 by pioneer ironmonger David Bell and was lost on Lake Michigan in 1875. She proved to be very profitable to operate and left a wake for fleets of all-metal vessels to follow.      
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Sat., 1 Jun, 1872
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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), Sat., 1 Jun, 1872