The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Sep. 14, 1895

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Twelve Years Building

The scow Charles W. Chambers, on her maiden trip, is at Amherstburg. This is the vessel that was launched at the foot of Grosse Ile in the spring of 1894, after being twelve years in building; her owner, builder and captain naming her after himself. The timber used in its construction was nearly all driftwood and was cut up by Captain Chambers with a handsaw. Outside of some assistance being given him in the winter months by his sons, Captain Chambers did all of the work on the boat himself, putting in all his time at the shipyard and living the life of a veritable hermit in a small cabin close by. The boat is 86 feet long and the captain and his two sons form the crew. Her owner values her at $7,000, but no person would think of paying him such a price for her.

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Though hand built from driftwood, the CHAMBERS (US#127075) must have been reasonably well made. She lasted a full 20 years, being reported as abandoned in 1915 or 16. She was rather fine-lined for a scow and an excellent photo of her with a good suit of sails on appears in Historical Collections of the Great Lakes on-line photo archive. If you look, note the REALLY heavy planks used for her strakes (only two between the waterline and the bulwarks).
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Sep. 14, 1895
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Sep. 14, 1895