When it was announced in the Lumberman that the barge Wahnapitae had carried a cargo of 2,181,000 feet of lumber, letters were received asking if it was not a typographical error. It was thought by many that no boat could carry such a load. For the purpose of showing the barge on paper, a photograph was obtained of her when loaded at Duluth, which is herewith reproduced. The freight rate obtained to Tonawanda was $3.75 a thousand, which footed up to a total of $8,178.75 The owners of the boat, however, were not satisfied with such a record, and proceeded to break it by loading at Duluth 2,409,800 feet of lumber, which also went to Tonawanda, and which is put down as the biggest cargo of lumber on record. At the latter place the cargo was unloaded on Saturday afternoon and Monday forenoon - one working day. It will be readily understood that the money-making capacity of the barge is of the Jumbo order also.
THE BARGE WAHNAPITae, LOADED WITH 2,181,000 FEET OF LUMBER.
The barge is owned by the Saginaw Lumber and Salt Company and the Emery Lumber Company, and cost $30,000. She is 275 feet long and 51 feet beam. The lumber on her was piled 22 feet high and she drew 11 feet of water. Had she been 10 inches wider, she could not have passed through the Soo canal. The boat was built on the Saginaw river a year ago last winter, and was designed for carrying logs from the Georgian bay to the Saginaw river and Tawas mills. The Canadian government, however, increased the export duty on logs, and the barge was put into the lumber-carrying trade - N.W. Lumberman.