The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), August 14, 1891

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The English may be able to build vessels which suit the colonies in the rapidity of their works, but the Clyde-built Campana, trading this season between Chicago and Kingston, is altogether too slow in handling cargoes to suit the lakes. It takes 12 hours to get 28,000 bushels of corn on board, while ordinary lake vessel load 80,000 to 90,000 bushels in five or six hours. She is as unhandy in handling package freight as with grain. The Campana, before coming to the lakes, was engaged for some years in the South African trade to London. [Inter-Ocean.

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This was not quite a fair comparision, as the iron-hulled CAMPANA (Br#51646) was a passenger and package freighter with side hatches and not quite built to compete directly with the deck-hatched lakes grain bulkers. It shows the built-in bias the American lakemen had against foreign-built boats. She was 1,288 tons, was built in 1873 by Aitken and Mansell, Glasgow, and came to the lakes in 1881. She was lost on the St. Lawrence in 1909.
Here are a couple of images of CHICORA, mentioned yesterday in an article about ROTHESAY CASTLE/SOUTHERN BELLE:
Stereo pair (Dave Swayze collection)
Postcard (vessel backing?) courtesy Don Boone, Collingwood
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August 14, 1891
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), August 14, 1891