The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), June 17, 1856

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The steamer W. T. Cushing [sic], Shaw, from Philadelphia for Chicago, arrived at Newport, R. I., Sunday. She goes by way of the St. Lawrecne to the lakes. This voyage, we think, is without precedent. - Cleve. Her.

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The small steamer W. F. CUSHING was perhaps the first steam vessel to be purchased on the East Coast for use on the lakes. She was built by Vaughan and Fisher, Philadelphia, in 1854. She was 80 feet long by 19 feet beam by 6 feet depth of hold and measures 89 tons. She was used as a tug at Chicago until December, 1859, when she returned to the coast.
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June 17, 1856
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), June 17, 1856