The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 7 Jun, 1874

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A CONTRAST. - The passing of the recent grain fleet from Lake Michigan presents a striking contrast in the passage of one tow, the tug having in charge the champion grain carrier of a quarter of a century back and one of the mammoths of the present time, the former being the brig Mechanic, commissioned twenty-nine years since, at which period her arrival in Buffalo with 15,000 bushels of grain was greeted by the salutation of nearly every flag in port. The other day her championship was somewhat lessened by a competitor following in her wake with a cargo of 54,000 bushels of wheat, with a vacancy on deck sufficient for the venerable Mechanic and her cargo.

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The large upper-lakes grain schooners being built in 1874 ran over 200 feet in length and around 900 tons burden, in contrast to MECHANIC's 233 tons.
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7 Jun, 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), 7 Jun, 1874