The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Dec. 2, 1893

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When boats are constructed as duplicates of each other the arrangement is subsequently on occasions found to be very convenient. For instance, Wheeler & Co. built the steamers G. W. Roby, of this port, and the John Plankinton, of Milwaukee, from the same moulds. Last week the latter boat, with a cargo of grain for Buffalo, lost her rudder in Lake Michigan, and after drifting around several days was picked up and towed into Milwaukee completely disabled. At such a late day in the season time was of the utmost importance, and so it happened that the Roby was laid up in Milwaukee, a request was made for the loan of her rudder, which was cheerfully granted. In a few hours, the rudder was transferred from the stern of the Roby to that of the Plankinton, which at once resumed her voyage.

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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Dec. 2, 1893