What is the vessel lying along the port side of the JAPAN?
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Stereoview of a busy Chicago River. The bridge in the foreground left is just swinging out as a tug tows a schooner towards it. The iron hulled propeller to the right is the JAPAN of ERIE, a member of the Erie and Western Transit Company's Anchor Line (the anchor on the flag on her foremast is another clue). Both sides of the river are lined with a forest of masts.
JAPAN was launched in 1871, but normally ran out of Detroit for Lake Superior ports. The picture appears to date from before the Chicago fire of 1872.
Penciled on the back: "Chicago River"