The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), July 25, 1884

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Freight steamers, says the Chicago Times, can carry passengers if the consciences of the masters are elastic. All that is necessary is to put the passengers on articles as members of the crew. Some of these craft now carry as many as twenty "watchmen" each trip. The principal business of the watchmen, male and female, is to keep cool and watch for beautiful scenery, count sails and seagulls, and keep a look-out for the Racine sea-lion or Capt. "Cuba" Clark's fire-ship. The owners of freight steamers insist that the law prohibiting them from taking a rider on their own craft is unreasonable, and they are going to evade it whenever they see fit.

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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), July 25, 1884