The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Thur., June 11, 1896

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Last of a Pioneer

Chicago papers announce that on Monday the hull of the old schooner Clipper City was towed out into the lake by the tug Tom Brown and beached at the foot of Chicago avenue. Many local vesselmen remember the Clipper City in her palmy days, and the interest which her advent excited, not alone because of her handsome appearance but because she marked the introduction of an inovation (sic) in the lumber-carrying trade, that of making the deck capacity equal to the capacity of the hold; in other words, she introduced the practice of carrying huge quantities of lumber on deck, and for that reason was regarded as a little wonder.

Ex-Commissioner of Navigation W. W. Bates built the Clipper City at Manitowoc in 1854. Her length was 102 feet, beam 29 feet and depth 7 feet; gross tonnage measurement, 126 tons. She had two masts, with topgallantsails on foremast.

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CLIPPER CITY was US#4347 and had a long and relatively uneventful career on Lake Michigan until being abandoned to sink in the Chicago River about 1885.
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Thur., June 11, 1896
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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), Thur., June 11, 1896