The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 21 Jul 1898

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The Marinette Eagle says: "The N. Ludington Co. had at the dock last week the smallest lumber craft that has been loaded there in years, and it was manned by a crew just as small. It was the schooner Little Frank, which was all that its name implied. The amount of lumber taken was 6,000 feet, and it was consigned to Algoma. The captain of the Little Frank is Charles Weber, age 16. The first mate is his brother, 12 years old, and the steward is another brother, 9 years of age. The constitute the entire crew, and manage to navigate their little craft in safety. They are the sons of a Marinette man, a former employee of the Marinette Iron Works. The Little Frank is probably the tiniest lumber carrier in both size and crew on the lakes."

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Sorry, no information on the dimensions or specifics of the LITTLE FRANK. A yacht of the name is on the registry, out of Buffalo in 1889. She was just under 12 tons. 6,000 board feet of lumber is enough to build a modern 3-bedroom house of about 1200 square feet. By contrast, a big lumber hauler such as the 1080 ton CHURCHILL, above, could handle a million feet.
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21 Jul 1898
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.33143 Longitude: -83.04575
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 21 Jul 1898