The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Aug 22, 1900

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In the days when George P. McKay* sailed the lakes the crew did most of the unloading of the boats. They took the cargo out by shovel, using, when it was grain, a staging that sometimes took several hours to put in and several more hours to take out. Sometimes they used horses. They would fasten a rope to a bucket, run the rope through a pulley on the mast, and then through another on the dock and hitch a horse to it. They used to have horses trained to do this work so that when the signal was given they would walk out to where a mark had been made in the dirt. There they would stop and walk back to the starting place. After a while they not to have a small boiler and hoisting engine on the docks, and then two boilers, and from that it went on until they now have the Brown hoist and all the complicated machinery of to-day.

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*Then the president of the Lake Carriers' Association
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Aug 22, 1900
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Aug 22, 1900