The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), May 5, 1863

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The largest sail vessel at present afloat on inland waters, lay at anchor yesterday in the river opposite the upper end of the city. She is no less than the bark Western Metropolis, formerly the clipper steamer of that name. We pronounce her the largest vessel from the simple fact that she is capable of carrying a cargo of 60,000 bushels of grain. In model and general appearance she is a beautiful craft, and as regards strength of build she is all that need be required for a vessel of her dimensions. She is commanded by Capt. C. P. Morey, formerly of the schooner Lookout, a sailor who knows all the ropes on board his mammoth ship, or yet any other, and who has many years experience on the waters.

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WESTERN METROPOLIS (US#26531) had been 340x40x14, 1,861 t. as a sidewheeler, one of the largest passenger liners on the lakes. After conversion to a bark in 1862 by F. N. Jones of Buffalo she was 273x40x13, 1,341 tons. The average bark of the era was only about 400 tons, and the largest American bark on the lakes in 1869 was the 832 ton ERASTUS CORNING out of Buffalo. WESTERN METROPOLIS was stranded in a storm off Calumet, Ill., in October of 1864 and pounded to pieces.
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May 5, 1863
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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 5, 1863