The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), April 28, 1882

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Considerable has been said about what the steamship Onoko could carry on a few inches greater draught of water. The Inter-Ocean states that she took out of Chicago 88,215 bushels of wheat on a draught of 14 feet forward and 14 feet, 4 inches aft, or an average of 14 feet 2 inches. It states further: "It is the general opinion that on 15 feet of water she could take 115,000 to 120,000 bushels of wheat. " The "general opinion" appears rather ridiculous as the following figures will show. The difference between her actual load and 120,000 bushels is over 31,000 bushels or 930 tons. This she would have to carry on an additional 10 inches of water or 93 tons to the inch, which is about three times what she could carry.

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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), April 28, 1882