The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), August 4, 1903

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The disposition of the naval reserve ship Yantic has been put up to the harbormaster, Major Bixby, government engineer, saying it is out of his jurisdiction. The Yantic, which is used as a club-house by the reserves, is in the way of all the passenger boats, moored as it is at present at the foot of Second Street.

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This is one of the few press mentions I have found of the U.S.S. YANTIC, a Civil War-era screw gunboat that served for more than thirty years on the Great Lakes before sinking at her dock in 1929, at age 65! Built in 1864 at the Philadelphia Naval Yard, the 179-foot wooden steamer had a noble Civil-War career before coming to the lakes as a naval reserve training vessel in 1898. Though her history makes it look as though she did training cruises, she actually sat at various docks in Detroit for nearly all of her lakes tenure. In fact, a bar that formed near her Detroit dock was dubbed "Chickenbone Reef," from all of the garbage and refuse that had been thrown overboard for so many years. For her official U.S. Navy history, click here , and here for a photo.
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August 4, 1903
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), August 4, 1903