The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Sept. 1, 1895

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The first of the Lake Michigan Transportation Co.'s car barges arrived at Peshtigo last night with a full load of twenty-six cars, having made the trip in twenty-six hours. The best time expected was thirty-four hours. A full boat load was taken back. In addition to the steam towing machines, these barges have steam windlasses, steam capstans, steam pumps and siphons, and boilers to supply the necessary steam. The cabins are forward and neatly finished in hardwood and well arranged.

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Barges NO. 1 and NO. 2 were built for this line at West Bay City by James Davison and were almost identical, 310x44x12, 1540+ tons. Two slightly smaller barges of the same design were built at Toledo by Bailey Bros. The line had only limited success and soon folded. Barge NO. 1 (US#67313) wound up stranding on North Point Thunder Bay, Michigan, in 1918 during a storm. The book CARFERRIES of the GREAT LAKES by Hilton as an excellent story of their lives and deaths, while Historical Collections of the Great Lakes has information and photographs (look them up as "001," "002", etc).
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Sept. 1, 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), Sept. 1, 1895