The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), May 23, 1871

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CHANGE OF RIG - A RELIABLE CRAFT. The schooner George D. Dousman, a vessel commenced on the lakes in 1857, and from the first presenting one of the finest fitouts on the lakes – that of a topsail and topgallant sail craft – has changed her appearance to that of a fore-and-after. In 1859 the vessel took from this port to London, England, a cargo of staves, making a quick trip across the Atlantic. She is a fine looking vessel of 362 tons and was formerly owned by the Winslows.

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G. D. DOUSMAN (US#10193) was built by Quayle & Martin, Cleveland, and was 137 feet keel. She was listed from the start as a two-mast schooner, so originally had her main- and fore-sails fore and aft rigged (sails aligned with the length of the ship) and probably her foremast only with two courses of squaresails and 3 yards aloft (aligned athwartships). It's possible that the mainmast was also rigged with square topsails - the description doesn't differentiate. Rigs of this type fell out of favor as competition among shippers became stiffer and profits thinner, because of the extra crew it took to handle the square sails.
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May 23, 1871
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Dave Swayze
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), May 23, 1871