The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), Sat., Apr. 21, 1883

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Steam was raised on the steam barge C. H. Starke, Wednesday evening, for the purpose of testing the new compound engine built for her during the winter by James Sheriffs. Everything was in readiness for the trial at 9 o'clock. A little later Mr. Sheriffs opened the throttle and set the engine in motion. It had not made many turns ere there was a crash, followed by a rush of steam which completely filled the engine-room. A lively scampering to get beyond the reach of supposed harm followed; then the steam was shut off from the engine at the boiler and a survey of the damage instituted. The small condenser engine proved to be a complete wreck. The crosshead had broken, driving out the cylinder head, shattering the frame and shivering the slides. Almost an entire new engine will have to be built, and the Starke will be delayed for some time. The loss to Mr. Sheriffs will be several hundred dollars.

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Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), Sat., Apr. 21, 1883