The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), July 26, 1895

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A Disastrous "Spec.

Many Detroiters will recall the appearance at this port of the old whaling bark Progress, on her way from New Bedford, Mass., to Chicago, to be exhibited at the world's fair, together with a large collection of curiosities from the Artic seas and the full equipment used in whale catching. However, the projectors of the enterprise, among them one or two Chicago men, overestimated the curiosity of western people about such matters, for the progress and her museum were looked at by but few persons, and at the end of the fair the exhibitors found themselves about $20,000 out of pocket. Then, not long afterward, she was towed to an out-of-the-way place in the south branch of the river and allowed to waterlog. She was sold a few days ago for $300, and the buyer is stripping her fitout to sell it for old junk, and will also sell her copper-lined hull to the junk dealers if they want it.

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PROGRESS docked in the South Pond at Chicago - from a Columbian Exposition guide of 1893.
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July 26, 1895
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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), July 26, 1895