The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Post & Tribune (Detroit, MI), May 13, 1879

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In a slip near the foot of Chene street there is a funny looking craft, and although it may be classed as a vessel, is neither a steamboat, schooner, scow, junk, or anything else that people are in the least habit of seeing. Of the shape of its bottom the water prevents a knowledge. From the water line down the planking runs endwise, above the water in the usual manner. Even with the deck, which has an unusual sheer, both stem and stern are square, the former much narrower than the latter, however, below the stern has a schooner shape, but the bow has a combination of a schooner and a Japanese junk, the latter predominating. The deck has not yet been laid, but the deck beams are in place. No one appears to know what to call it, or what it is to be used for when completed, or who is its owner. At present no work is being done upon it.

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I haven't the foggiest idea what boat this is, but it certainly sounds unusual. Two possibilities about which little appears to be known are the 1879 Detroit-built schooners BALD HEAD (US#3101, 12 t.) and MAUD BENITEAU (US# 91174, 6 t.).
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May 13, 1879
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Post & Tribune (Detroit, MI), May 13, 1879