The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), June 11, 1899

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A Pooh-Bah Steamer.

Ludington, Mich., June 10. - N. J. Gaylord, a well-known marine contractor of this place, is placing propelling machinery in a somewhat novel craft of his own construction. It is a scow 72 feet long, 24 feet beam, and 8 feet deep. This craft is designed to serve the purposes of a scow, tug, pile driver, wrecker and general utility boat. It is as a wrecker that she will be most used, however. She will be equipped with a powerful hoisting apparatus and can be used for almost any kind of work. This steam scow is without counterpart on the lakes, and much interest in the experiment is manifested by local vesselmen.

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The vessel was the YORK STATE (US#27672) of 89 tons, which was officially rated as a piledriver. Some use was apparently found for her, as she stayed on the registry until 1923. The headline refers to a Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera character named "Pooh-Bah, the Lord-High-Everything-Else" from The Mikado, who had many jobs in the Chinese Imperial court, but could do none of them well.
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June 11, 1899
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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), June 11, 1899