The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 21 Apr, 1874

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BALLENTINE & COMPANY'S BOATS. - In addition to the mammoth steamship just launched at their yard,* particulars of which have appeared in our columns by telegraph, Messrs. Ballentine & Co. have the following:

The mammoth schooner Alex. B. Moore is now at the yard taking on a cargo of salt and lumber for Chicago Repairs have been made to her this spring which cost $10,000. The principal change is the addition of another mast, making her a four-masted schooner. This change makes it necessary to purchase new rigging at great cost. The Moore is now what she was originally intended, but when nearly completed her rig was changed by the advice of a prominent vessel builder. Her owners regretted this, and have now changed her to a four-master. Her hull has been painted green, as are all Ballentine & Co.'s boats. She has been completely refitted and is in the best trim for a prosperous season. Three of the four masts are new. Capt. Peter Tart, an old salt, will sail the Moore this season.

The steamship Ballentine** is also at the yard loading with salt for Chicago. Her engine has been completely overhauled and some additions made at a cost of $2,000. She will be commanded by Capt. Ballentine. The Ballentine and Moore will leave for Chicago some time next week.

The tug Cotton, owned by Ballentine & Co., has been rebuilt from her hull during the winter and is now one of the "noblest" tugs on the river. Her boiler has been nearly wholly rebuilt. Her upper works are of a light yellow. She will be out on the river on Tuesday next. Capt. Frank Vosburg will be her commander, and he says the McDonald and all other craft will be obliged to take a back seat.

The Ransom has been replanked; has new frames, new decks, etc.

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Ballentine & Co were major shippers and shipowners on the Saginaw River. They also operated a shipyard at Bangor (W. Bay City) under the direction of master ship carpenter Theophilis (Tom) Boston. Most of their vessels list Boston as the builder on official records. The MOORE (later NORTHWEST) was the largest schooner afloat when built in 1873 - 223 ft.keel, 1018 gt.
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21 Apr, 1874
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 21 Apr, 1874