The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Daily Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), 13 Dec 1897

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Chicago, Dec. 10 - The loss of the steamer Rosedale on Charity Shoal, Lake Ontario, is the second heaviest loss of the season, being excelled only by the Florida disaster. The Rosedale was built at Sunderland, England, and her arrival at Chicago across the Atlantic was made a great event.

Her speedy breaking up has caused a comparison between English shipbuilding and those constructed at our lake ship yards. The general opinion is that lake built boats would have outlasted the Rosedale. "On the lakes today," F. D. Herriman, surveyor general of the Great Lakes register said, "better boats are being constructed than in English shipyards for general tramp ships. Within a few days I examined the plans for an English tramp now on the stocks and in some respects it was inferior to the work being done on the lakes."

"Laying out a cross section of the English tramp," Capt. Herriman added, "they talk about the flat bottoms of lake vessels. Could anything be flatter than that? Compare that bottom with the lines of the Elphioke steamer at South Chicago. The lake boat has the better of it. No better general freighters are now built in the world than on the lakes."

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13 Dec 1897
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.041944 Longitude: -76.495277
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Oswego Daily Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), 13 Dec 1897