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

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A GOOD SUGGESTION. - A writer in an exchange suggests that those lake steamers which are engaged in the passenger traffic, on leaving port, leave a complete list of all the passengers with the agencies wherever passengers may be taken on board, in view of the terrible occurrence of a calamity similar to the Atlantic disaster. The wisdom of such a step cannot be questioned, and it is hoped that there will be no opposition to its adoption. In this connection it would be a good idea if every man employed on steam or sail vessels were registered on going on board, giving his age, place of shipping and residence, the record to be left with the owner or agent of the vessel. Were this rule once adopted, the long list which are every year recorded at the end of the season as "unknown" would disappear, and the numerous inquiries for lost friend be no longer necessary.

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Newspapers and others began lobbying for this change in the 1860's or earlier, but there was no specific regulation requiring passenger vessels to deposit a passenger and crew list with someone ashore until after the turn of the 19th century.
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11 Apr, 1873
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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), 11 Apr, 1873