The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 1 May, 1874

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THE FIRST NAIL. - The Inter-Ocean* thinks the year 1874 drives the first nail in the head of the coffin which buries sail craft on the lakes, believing that they are to be entirely superceded by steam barges which carry large loads of their own besides towing two or three other barges. Files of The Free Press for 1873 would indicate that the "first nail" has been driven once before, yet the opinion was given with some reserve. There are certain freights that always will be handled, on short lines particularly, much the cheapest by sail.

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*Chicago-based marine newspaper published 1872-79 and 1902-14

The prediction was a little premature. Steamers did not outnumber sail vessels on the lakes until well into the 1890's, and the last free-sailing lake schooners didn't fold their canvas for the final time until the 1930's.
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1 May, 1874
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 1 May, 1874