The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Tribune (Detroit, MI), Sat., April 24, 1875

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THE GEO. W. ADAMS. - This schooner was launched at Toledo on Wednesday. In regard to her the Commercial says:

She is the largest exclusively sail vessel on the lakes. Her dimensions, published in a descriptive article in the Commercial of January 25th, are as follows: Length of keel, 235 feet; length of deck, 250 feet; breadth of upper deck, 40 feet; between decks, 12 feet; between the lower deck and hold, eight feet. She is of five and six inch oak plank, and stayed, in addition to the usual braces, with a band of six-inch iron, three-quarters of an inch thick around her entire frame, and with three sets of cross-beams extending from the upper deck to the bottom of her hold. She is to be a four-master, three of her masts to be 102 feet long, and the fourth 105 feet. Her rigging will be of the most approved and ample sort, with all the modern appliances, etc. She is to go into the grain trade, and her capacity will be 80,000 bushels of corn. She is building for Nimms (sic), of Buffalo, and will cost not far from $100,000 when completely equipped. She will be commanded by Capt. Edward Durant, who is now here superintending her fitting out. The keel of the vessel was laid in October last, and it is expected that she will be ready to sail in July.

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This large schooner (listed in U.S. Merchant Vessels as a schooner-barge) had a relatively uneventful 20-year career until her demise in 1895 - quite an accomplishment for a wooden laker. Even then, most of the interest given her in the papers revolved around her insurance. At this time, most insurance expired in November, and additional insurance was written on a trip-by-trip basis - at a much higher rate, of course.
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Sat., April 24, 1875
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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 Tribune (Detroit, MI), Sat., April 24, 1875