The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Tribune (Detroit, MI), May 24, 1876

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WOODEN BOTTOMS. - The propeller Japan has received a wooden bottom over her iron one at Buffalo during the winter. Though much hue and cry was made at first about the superiority of the iron steamers, yet it has been found that wooden bottomed ones are better able to weather severe gales. The new improvement on the Japan has been made as an experiment and if it proves to be of benefit to the vessel, all the other boats of the Anchor Line will have their bottoms lined with wood. The work on the Japan cost the owners nearly $10,000.

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It is probably significant that this move was initiated only a few months after the loss of the iron freighter MERCHANT, lost by ripping her bottom out on Racine Reef.
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May 24, 1876
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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 Tribune (Detroit, MI), May 24, 1876