The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Door County Advocate (Sturgeon Bay, WI), Nov. 28, 1950

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Canadian Steamer Brings Lumber Cargo to City Firm

The first shipload of foreign lumber ever to be discharged at a Sturgeon Bay dock was put ashore over the weekend at the Sawyer Fuel & Supply Co.

The lumber arrived Saturday aboard the steamer Yankcanuck, owned by the Yankcanuck Transportation Co. Ltd. of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. The 258 foot ship has a 41 1/2 foot beam and is capable of carrying 11/4 million board feet of lumber.

The cargo brought here consisted of white pine lumber consigned to the Bushmand Dock and Terminal Co. Of Sturgeon Bay for storage and reshipment via the Ahnapee & Western Railway to the Algoma Plywood & Veneer Co. Four carloads of this lumber were loaded directly onto railroad cars, while the balance was stored for transportation at a later date.

Packages Used

The lumber originated at Blind River Ont., and was put up in packages that weighed approximately three tons apiece. Each package contained between 1,700 and 1,800 board feet of lumber The packages were securely banded at each end by a stout steel band and proved readily adapted to handling by the ship's unloading equipment and the equipment on the dock.

Foremen Virgil Ash and George Miller of Sawyer Fuel & Supply devised a unique method for the handling of this large volume of skids each having a capacity of 4,000 feet of lumber. The skids were designed with hitches which enabled a caterpillar tractor to either pull or push them to the storage points, where the lumber was removed from the skids and piled up though the use of a fork lift truck.

The Yankcanuck's cargo was unloaded without an accident or breakdown of any kind and Manger Walker Austin of Sawyer Fuel and Supply commended his foremen and crews for their fine work despite blizzard which often made it virtually impossible to see.

Expect Foreign Cargo.

Austin reports that the unloading of the Yankcanuck marked the first time that the local port has been used for the entry of a cargo from a foreign country. U.S. Customs officials were on hand throughout the unloading operations, and nothing could be removed from the ship until these officials had inspected it.

Austin points out in connection with this operation the strategic location which Sturgeon Bay possesses as a rail to water or water to rail shipping center He says that he sincerely feels that in years to come Sturgeon Bay will see the flow of much foreign merchandise across its docks, ant that the flags of many nations will be seen here as products of this country are loaded for shipment to foreign ports.

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Door County Advocate (Sturgeon Bay, WI), Nov. 28, 1950