The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 8 Oct, 1883

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The tug Brockway will be laid up for the season and the large arks which she has been towing for the past two years will probably be kept out of commission for a long time. These vessels, at the time they first came out, proved a perfect innovation in carrying lumber, owing to their immense size, but for various reasons their adoption by manufacturers and dealers has generally not met with favor. The first time it was attempted to carry lumber in this way was in 1880, by the Sturgeon Bay Lumber Company, which operated three scows successfully. Their successes led T. M. Lyon, of Ludington, to build the three arks towed by the Brockway. The risks involved in this is always very great, owing to the almost constant danger of the arks and their cargoes being lost, besides the two men who are required to man them. The history of the craft shows that it is impossible to tow them in a heavy sea, owing to their immense weight and clumsy construction. In nearly every gale which they have encountered the Brockway has been compelled to let them go, and, being without mast or sail or anything to propel them, they are at the mercy of the waves. - [Chicago Times

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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 8 Oct, 1883