The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), 26 Mar, 1878

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NEW WRECKING MACHINE. - Capt. Wm. Foster, of Cleveland, has invented a machine for raising sunken ships. The power employed is the inflated pontoon system, with an entirely new and inexpensive apparatus, made of three-ply canvas-rubber. A full outfit of 200 pontoons, capable of raising any vessel which now sails upon the lakes, can be made for about $14,000, while the old method of wooden pontoons costs $25,000 to raise an ordinary canal schooner. Leading lake-men are confident the new method is destined to revolutionize the old plan, and wrecking companies are looking into it with great interest. A thorough trial will soon be made and the method carefully tested.

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Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), 26 Mar, 1878