The Onoko is historically significant as the prototype for a very large and important class of commercial ship, the distinctive Great Lakes bulk freighter. Bulk freighters made possible the cheap transport of raw materials for the steel industry, including iron ore, coal and limestone. The ship was a product of the Globe Iron Works of Cleveland, Ohio, one of the predecessor firms to the giant American Ship Building Company, which contributed thousands of watercraft for commercial and wartime operations on the Lakes and oceans of the world. Finally, the Onoko, because it is almost entirely unchanged, intact and undisturbed, promises to provide valuable information about shipbuilding technology, evaluative data about the performance of pioneer iron ships and insights into the requirements of manning ships in the late 19th century.
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