The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 22 May, 1874

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A BARGE AT LAST. - Each and every season brings with it a change among the lake craft which throught the course of time takes the usual decline from a first-class passenger steamer thence to a sail craft and at last a barge. The Racine, which last season was a fine, large bark, passed here yesterday, a lumber barge in tow fo the steam barge Bradbury. She came out originally a propeller in 1856, and for several years was a first-class passenger boat between Buffalo and Chicago. In 1864, during the month of August, she was burned off Rond Eau, Lake Erie, with the loss of eight lives. Subsequently she was resurrected, taken to Buffalo, converted into a bark-rigged vessel, and last winter was made a barge. She is 715 tons burden and will carry near a half a million feet of lumber.

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The bark RACINE (US#12708) was damaged in a stranding in the fall of 1873, which precipitated her conversion to a lumber barge. She continued in that capacity until being abandoned in 1908 or 09.
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22 May, 1874
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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), 22 May, 1874