The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 11 Dec, 1873


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TRANSPORTATION ON THE GREAT LAKES
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Number, Size, and Character of the Vessels.
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The following compilation has been made by Mr. J. M. Goodwin, civil engineer, of Cleveland, and may be relied upon as showing a complete exhibit of the American merchant marine of the great lakes. Mr. Goodwin has carefully classified the vessels on the basis of registered tonnage, and to those familiar the shipping of the lakes this classification will sufficiently well indicate the range of employment of each class of vessels. Owing, probably, to the lack of care on the part of owners, who are not particular enough in describing their vessels, the Treasury Department list of steam vessels is not exact in its classification. It describes the vessels as "screws," "paddle steamers," "tugs," and "steamers." This is a bewildering presentation of the case. Most, if not all, of the "tugs" are "screws," and many vessels given as "screws" are "tugs." The "steamers" may be side-wheelers or screws. The classification by tonnage, however, which we have below, indicates those of the "screws" and "steamers" that are tugs, and those that are vessels of burden.

TOTAL LAKE MARINE
I. Sailing vessels -
Schooner scows130
Schooners1,081
Brigs27
Barks 117
Sloops53
Yachts12
Total sailing1,420
II. Steam vessels -
Screws456
Paddles89
Tugs63
Steamers56
Steam yachts6
Total steam vessels670
Aggregate number of vessels2,090

This grand total is classified as follows:

SCHOONER SCOWS
Under 50 tons register 15
50 tons and less than 100 tons54
100 tons and less than 150 tons56
150 tons and less than 200 tons4
200 tons and less than 225 tons1
Total130
SCHOONERS
Under 50 tons195
50 tons and less than 100 tons163
100 tons and less than 200 tons245
200 tons and less than 300 tons283
300 tons and less than 400 tons123
400 tons and less than 500 tons20
500 tons and less than 600 tons20
600 tons and less than 700 tons15
700 tons and less than 800 tons8
800 tons and less than 900 tons5
938 tons1
1150 tons1
Total1081*
BARKS
Between 150 and 200 tons4
Between 200 and 300 tons25
Between 300 and 400 tons44
Between 400 and 500 tons19
Between 500 and 600 tons15
Between 600 and 700 tons6
Between 700 and 750 tons3
832 tons1
Total117
BRIGS
Between 150 and 200 tons6
Between 200 and 300 tons18
Between 300 and 350 tons3
Total27
SLOOPS
Under 25 tons42
Over 25 and under 50 tons6
Over 50 tons5
Total53
YACHTS
Under 25 tons11
Over 25 and under 50 tons1
Total12
STEAM VESSELS - SCREWS
Under 25 tons116
25 to 50 tons82
50 to 100 tons56
100 to 200 tons36
200 to 300 tons27
300 to 400 tons8
400 to 500 tons32
500 to 600 tons11
600 to 700 tons16
700 to 800 tons22
800 to 900 tons9
900 to 1,000 tons12
1,000 to 1,100 tons7
1,100 to 1,200 tons9
1,200 to 1,300 tons5
1,300 to 1,400 tons1
1,400 to 1,500 tons4
1,500 to 1,600 tons3
Total456
PADDLE STEAMERS
Under 25 tons6
25 to 50 tons15
50 to 100 tons20
100 to 150 tons22
150 to 200 tons8
200 to 300 tons3
300 to 400 tons5
400 to 500 tons3
500 to 600 tons1
600 to 700 tons2
700 to 800 tons1
1,000 to 1,150 tons3
Total89
TUGS - SO CLASSIFIED BY THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT
Under 25 tons38
25 and under 50 tons18
50 and under 100 tons2
100 and under 150 tons1
150 and under 200 tons1
200 and under 250 tons2
263 tons1
Total63
STEAMERS
Under 50 tons21
50 to 100 tons4
100 to 200 tons7
200 to 300 tons4
300 to 400 tons4
400 to 500 tons5
500 to 600 tons0
600 to 700 tons5
700 to 800 tons0
800 to 900 tons4
900 to 1,000 tons
1,135 tons1
Total56
STEAM YACHTS
Under 25 tons4
Under 58 tons1
Under 135 tons1
Total6


Media Type:
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Newspaper
Item Type:
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Notes:
*figures do not add up in original
Date of Original:
11 Dec, 1873
Local identifier:
GLN.3754
Language of Item:
English
Donor:
Dave Swayze
Copyright Statement:
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), 11 Dec, 1873