The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 18 Oct, 1888

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James Reid, of St. Ignace, gives an interesting account of the way in which he raised the schooner Plymouth: "I took kerosene barrels and put them in a frame of fifty rows, four barrels deep. I then forced this frame down into the water with hydraulic jacks and firmly attached it to the schooner. I then removed the pressure from the jacks, and the barrels floated the schooner." Mr. Reid said this remarkable way of raising vessels had never before been tried on the lakes. He had figured it out by himself.

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The large and valuable PLYMOUTH had a long, illustrious and eventful career on the lakes. She was built at Ohio City (Cleveland), Ohio, in 1854 by Ira Lafrinier as a large (846 t., om) passenger and package freight propeller. After a long career, mostly on Lake Erie, she retired from service in 1884 and was converted to a 4-mast schooner at Bay City, Mich, to be towed by the new propeller OREGON (which got her engine). In the fall of 1887 she broke her hawser in a storm and sank offshore from Presque Ile, Michigan. After Reid brought her up in 1888, she was reduced to a 2-mast schooner-barge. She was still in this configuration a quarter-century later when she was lost by the tug JAMES H. MARTIN in the "Big Storm" of November, 1913. She foundered with all hands.      
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18 Oct, 1888
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 18 Oct, 1888