The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), March 11, 1891

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As real estate transactions are recorded in the office of the Register of Deeds, so the sales of vessels are kept on record in various custom houses. The blanks and books are arranged in a specified manner, and when a man brings in his deed it is immediately filed and written in the government books, that there may be no hitch in any future sale of the property. From these records may be taken and abstract of the title, showing just who has owned the boat and in fact pretty nearly all there is to be told about her.

"This should be the busy season in boat transfers," said Marine Clerk, Alexander Grant, in the customs office yesterday, "but the number of sales is, I believe, exceedingly low. It may pick up some later, however, for there is plenty of time before the opening of navigation."

Mr. Grant then went to the book in which all the sales are recorded and gave the following list to the Free Press of transfers made since January 1, of this year:

Tug Gladiator, of Detroit, sold by George Elsey, Jr., to John Greenslade, both of this city; consideration, $12,500.

Schooner Young America, of Detroit, sold by John Wilson to M. W. Humphrey, both of Detroit; $3,500.

Propeller Nassau, of Ohio, sold by the Sturdevant Lumber Co of Ohio, D. B. Millen and others, of Detroit; $15,000.

Schooner D. P. Dobbins, of Detroit, Sydenham Scott sold one-eighth interest to A. C. Smith, of Detroit; $1,250. Also one eighth of the propeller Colwell, same to same; $2,000.

Schooner William Young, D. B. Millen sold one-third each to J. R. Nostrand and J. J. McClain, of Detroit; $3,000.

Schooner Genessee Chief, O. M. Cash, of Algonac, sold one-half to H. G. Hutchins and A. H. Shafer, of Detroit, $225.

Steam barge Swallow, of Au Sable, E. K. Roberts of Lorain, Ohio, sold one-third to Carlos Libert and others, of Au Sable, $4,500. James Innes & Co. of Ausable, sold one-third of same to same; $4,500. Penoyer Bros., of Au Sable sold one-third of same to same, $4,500.

Schooner R. J. Gibbs, William G. Richards, of East Tawas, sold one-half to H. H. Pope, of New Baltimore; $1,148.

Schooner Owasco, sold by John W. Squires, of Marine City, to J. M. Jones, Sr., and others, of Detroit, $4,000.

Propeller C. H. Starke, of Milwaukee, sold by Conrad Starke and others, of Milwaukee, to John Stevenson and Paul H. Heft, of Detroit, $23,000.

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Two of the vessels listed, WILLIAM YOUNG and GENESEE CHIEF, were lost the same season - the YOUNG in October and the CHIEF in August.
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March 11, 1891
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), March 11, 1891