The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), May 27, 1892

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Chicago, May 25., - The Wergeland arrived here this morning, as it was expected she would. The distance from Bergen to Montreal is 3,500 miles, and from Montreal to Chicago 1,600 miles, so that the Wergeland has traveled 5,100 miles. It was estimated that her freight rate would pay her, but she had to lighter up to eight feet through the Morrisburg Canal in Canada, unloading her cargo and shipping it by rail a long distance, and then loading it again, and the cost of this, together with the tolls through the Canadian canals generally, have about eaten up the profits of the trip. The canal tolls are fifteen cents a ton on the cargo and fifteen cents a ton on the vessel, as well as three-fourths of a cent on the vessel's register.

The Wergeland left Bergen on April 14, and Quebec fifteen days ago. On her return to Bergen she will take a cargo of provisions, flour and grain. If she arrives safely in Bergen she will have been the first steam craft to make a round trip between Norway and an American lake port with a cargo each way. Three English-built crafts have brought cargoes to the lakes, but they remained here. In 1862 the bark Slypner* arrived in Chicago from Norway, and returned to Norway. She came back here in 1864, and returned again. She measured 220 tons. In 1864 the Norwegian yacht Shlomoen, ninety tons, arrived in Chicago from Norway. These are the only Norwegian craft that ever came here. Before those, in 1861 the British topsail schooner Madiera Pet arrived in Chicago from an English port.

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AKA SLIEPNER - Arrived in Chicago in August, 1862 with 105 passengers and returned with wheat; repeated the trip in June of the following year, with the same cargo. History of the Great Lakes calls the other boat SKJOLDOMAN and gives her arrival as July, 1863. The WERGELAND was probably Bergen Line's 528-ton passenger package freighter of the name built in 1881, renamed PALLAS in 1894, and wrecked in 1895.
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May 27, 1892
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), May 27, 1892