The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), July 5, 1891

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An Oil Barge

The oil barge built for Standard Oil Company and now about ready for launching from the American Steel Barge Company's yards at West Superior, was prepared on the plans of an ordinary vessel. The material is steel and the construction is the same as the whaleback. The barge in 125 feet long and 10 feet deep, with 30 feet beam. When afloat she will resemble one of the old-style, low-decked lake steamers. She has a low center dome measuring two thirds of the deck in the middle. No spars will be carried. The boat contains three tanks, which extend the full depth and beam of the boat, and together occupy 66 feet in the center of the barge. The spaces at either end are vacant and are used to give buoyancy to the vessel. There are no air compartments as in the whaleback barges. The three tanks will contain 500,000 gallons of oil. In the stern is a cabin, and the low dome before mentioned rises about two feet above the sides of the deck. The barge, which will be known as the S. O. No. 55, is to be delivered at New York, and will be used in the Atlantic coastwise trade.

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This barge - built during the era when ASB was turning out whalebacks with regularity, looks much like a conventional laker - not a whaleback. See Historical Collections of the Great Lakes for a picture and her interesting history.
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July 5, 1891
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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), July 5, 1891