The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), May 16, 1892

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The Andaste, the first steamer of the "Straightback" type passed up last evening on her maiden voyage. In appearance she represents a decided departure from the usual style of steamers; she has no sheer whatever; her deck from the boiler house forward is clear of all obstructions except a small forecastle deck; she has no bulwarks and no spars, except a small pole forward on which to carry her white light. Great structural strength and large carrying capacity are the chief points of excellence claimed for boats of this class. No attempt at fast time was made coming over - her time from Cleveland being about nine hours. She is bound to Escanaba for ore, and will continue in that trade during the season. The boat's performance will be watched with a great deal of interest by vessel owners. The Andaste is commanded by Capt. George Miner, of Detroit.

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The ANDASTE (US#106926 - 1,573gt) and her sister CHOCTAW (US#126874) were of an unusual early stemwinder type - a sort of cross between the standard steel bulkers of the time and the whalebacks which had captured the public imagination. ANDASTE sailed for nearly 30 years for the steel trust companies and then was shortened 20 feet and converted to a self-unloading sandsucker in 1921. She was lost in a storm with all hands in Lake Michigan in September, 1929. For photos of ANDASTE (as a sandsucker) and CHOCTAW (shown as both vessels originally looked), see Historical Collections of the Great Lakes.
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May 16, 1892
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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), May 16, 1892