The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), Sep 26, 1882

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The large number of vessel captains recently fined at Cleveland for not having the official numbers and tonnage of their vessels engraved on the main beams, or as it is expressed by some, on the beam forward of the main hatch on the main deck, has given rise to a great deal of argument on the question of what the main beam of a vessel is. No two vessel captains agree on that subject, and the custom house officials are guided by their individual opinions. The uncertainty is not confined to the main beam alone, but embraces the main hatch and the main deck also. In nearly every vessel which has been tied up by order of the revenue officers, the tonnage and number were cut by officers of the government.

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Sep 26, 1882
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), Sep 26, 1882