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

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The stern wheel steamer W. O Hughart, that has been running on the inland lakes south of Cheboygan, lay here Tuesday, and for an odd specimen of marine architecture she takes the cake. She is en route for Chicago. It would be a wise precaution to surround her with boom logs and tow her through with a tug - that is if they really want her in Chicago; and then, if she should encounter and ordinary summer zephyr the owners could recover her remains. The stern of the boat should be cut off and sent through by rail as a matter of safety. It would be too bad to lose it at sea - as a curiosity it is valuable and would be a paying attraction in a dime museum. - St. Ignace Republican.

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The W. O. HUGHART (US#81520) was one of a handful of sternweelers ever built on the upper lakes, having come out of Conway, Michigan, in Emmett County, in 1894. She was built to carry freight and was 73x17x4 and 67 gt. Though subject to the mercies of even small waves on a big lake, sternwheelers were handy shallow-water vessels to use in rivers and inland lakes where, as the old-timers said, "they could sail across the farms on a heavy dew." I have no information on her ultimate disposition or even if she made it to Chicago without boom logs.
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Sep. 1, 1895
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Sep. 1, 1895