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  • Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), November 17, 1878
    Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), November 17, 1878
    textnewspaper       Through the latter third of the 19th century, Detroit was home to some of the largest and most powerful tugs in the whole lake system. The towing of sail vessels through the Detroit-St Clair river complex from Lake Erie to Lake Huron was big business in the day. The tug ...
    textnewspaper     Through the latter third of the 19th century, Detroit was home to some of the largest and most powerful tugs in the whole lake system. The towing of sail vessels ...
    Maritime History of the Great Lakes
  • Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), September 21, 1864
    Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), September 21, 1864
    textnewspaper       THE NEW STEAMER IRONSIDESThis magnificent steamer made her appearance yesterday morning, at the foot of Woodward avenue, and in a short time was visited by a large number of our citizens, who, having already heard much of the superiority of her structure were anxious to see for themselves. It ...
    textnewspaper     THE NEW STEAMER IRONSIDESThis magnificent steamer made her appearance yesterday morning, at the foot of Woodward avenue, and in a short time was visited by a large number of our ...
    Maritime History of the Great Lakes
  • Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Tuesday, July 21, 1857
    Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Tuesday, July 21, 1857
    textnewspaper       *marginally readable in original.
    textnewspaper     *marginally readable in original.
    Maritime History of the Great Lakes
  • Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), October 14, 1882
    Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), October 14, 1882
    textnewspaper       The Canadian Government has established a lifeboat station at Cobourg, and a [unreadable word] lifeboat built by Francis, of New York, has been placed there. It is fitted for four oars, and a captain or steersman, and is also furnished with a wagon, so that it can be conveyed to ...
    textnewspaper     The Canadian Government has established a lifeboat station at Cobourg, and a [unreadable word] lifeboat built by Francis, of New York, has been placed there. It is fitted for four ...
    Maritime History of the Great Lakes
  • Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), October 14, 1882
    Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), October 14, 1882
    textnewspaper       Toward the end of the 19th century, the papers made much of the practice among vessel owners of continuing to use old wooden schooners until they were barely able to float. Indeed, statistics show that as high as 80% of all wooden vessel were used until wrecked, rather than being ...
    textnewspaper     Toward the end of the 19th century, the papers made much of the practice among vessel owners of continuing to use old wooden schooners until they were barely able to ...
    Maritime History of the Great Lakes
  • Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), May 4, 1902
    Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), May 4, 1902
    textnewspaper       YOUNGEST CAPTAIN ON THE GREAT LAKES_______Wallace Hill Has Been Granted Master's PapersMenominee, Mich., May 3. - It is declared that Wallace Hill, aged 18, and last year a student at the Menominee high school, is the youngest steamboat captain on the lakes. He recently passed the ...
    textnewspaper     YOUNGEST CAPTAIN ON THE GREAT LAKES_______Wallace Hill Has Been Granted Master's PapersMenominee, Mich., May 3. - It is declared that Wallace Hill, aged 18, and last year a student at ...
    Maritime History of the Great Lakes
  • Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), July 30, 1903
    Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), July 30, 1903
    textnewspaper       *Built in 1854 by Kirby and Hoyt, East Saginaw, Michigan, as a bark, she was 160 x 30 x 12, 390 gt. She burned to a total loss a few blocks from this point in 1906.
    textnewspaper     *Built in 1854 by Kirby and Hoyt, East Saginaw, Michigan, as a bark, she was 160 x 30 x 12, 390 gt. She burned to a total loss a few ...
    Maritime History of the Great Lakes
  • Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), December 24, 1865
    Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), December 24, 1865
    textnewspaper       The steamer MICHIGAN featured in this article was a 198 foot, 642-ton sidewheeler built at Detroit in 1847. The two gentlemen mentioned were shipping and lumber tycoon Oliver Newberry and Captain John Stewart, the vessel's longtime skipper. As they say, there was life in the old girl yet. Instead of ...
    textnewspaper     The steamer MICHIGAN featured in this article was a 198 foot, 642-ton sidewheeler built at Detroit in 1847. The two gentlemen mentioned were shipping and lumber tycoon Oliver Newberry and ...
    Maritime History of the Great Lakes
  • Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), December 3, 1902
    Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), December 3, 1902
    textnewspaper       This little clipping helps explain why there were so many "unknown sailors" lost on lakes shipwrecks and how late it was in Great Lakes history before anything was done about the problem.
    textnewspaper     This little clipping helps explain why there were so many "unknown sailors" lost on lakes shipwrecks and how late it was in Great Lakes history before anything was done about ...
    Maritime History of the Great Lakes
  • Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), May 9, 1867
    Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), May 9, 1867
    textnewspaper       The construction of the St. Clair Flats Canal in Lake St. Clair, at the mouth of the St. Clair River, had significant effects on Great Lakes shipping, allowing ships of greatly increased draft to be used in commerce between Lake Erie and the three western lakes. The shallow Flats and ...
    textnewspaper     The construction of the St. Clair Flats Canal in Lake St. Clair, at the mouth of the St. Clair River, had significant effects on Great Lakes shipping, allowing ships of ...
    Maritime History of the Great Lakes
  • Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Friday, June 14, 1867
    Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Friday, June 14, 1867
    textnewspaper       The LOTTA is the only lakes commercial vessel that I have heard of being painted in this way. She must have been beautiful, indeed.
    textnewspaper     The LOTTA is the only lakes commercial vessel that I have heard of being painted in this way. She must have been beautiful, indeed.
    Maritime History of the Great Lakes
  • Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), May 24, 1867
    Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), May 24, 1867
    textnewspaper       *She was actually somewhat older than that, having been built at Philadelphia in 1854. The Oswego was launched in June, 1857.
    textnewspaper     *She was actually somewhat older than that, having been built at Philadelphia in 1854. The Oswego was launched in June, 1857.
    Maritime History of the Great Lakes
  • Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), May 12, 1867
    Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), May 12, 1867
    textnewspaper       STEAM LIFE BOAT - We were shown yesterday at the office of Messrs. SargeantDixon, a model of a new steam life boat, for which a patent is to be applied for by the originator, N. D. Lapelly. The boat, when built, will be about fifty feet in length. The steam ...
    textnewspaper     STEAM LIFE BOAT - We were shown yesterday at the office of Messrs. SargeantDixon, a model of a new steam life boat, for which a patent is to be applied ...
    Maritime History of the Great Lakes
  • Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), August 9, 1867, page 1
    Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), August 9, 1867, page 1
    textnewspaper  Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), August 9, 1867, page 1page 1     Column 2*80 rods = about 1/4 mile or 400 meters
    textnewspaper  Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), August 9, 1867, page 1page 1   Column 2*80 rods = about 1/4 mile or 400 meters
    Maritime History of the Great Lakes
  • Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), December 21, 1866
    Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), December 21, 1866
    textnewspaper       "p.t." presumably means "private terms." Most listed fractions are somewhat difficult to read in the original and represent my best guess at deciphering them. Some items of interest: most of the sales of vessels across the border were transacted in gold; the famous Oswego tugs Ontario and Superior were sold ...
    textnewspaper     "p.t." presumably means "private terms." Most listed fractions are somewhat difficult to read in the original and represent my best guess at deciphering them. Some items of interest: most of ...
    Maritime History of the Great Lakes
  • Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Dec. 23, 1866
    Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Dec. 23, 1866
    textnewspaper       MARINE MATTERS_______Vessels Rebuilt in 1866_______Incidents of Interest During the Season of 1866_______Vessels Rebuilt in 1866.Propeller Granite State, at Detroit, by CampbellOwen, thorough rebuilt.Tug Samson, at Detroit, thorough rebuild at same yard.Barge Ocean, at ...
    textnewspaper     MARINE MATTERS_______Vessels Rebuilt in 1866_______Incidents of Interest During the Season of 1866_______Vessels Rebuilt in 1866.Propeller Granite State, at Detroit, by CampbellOwen, thorough rebuilt.Tug Samson, at Detroit, thorough rebuild at same ...
    Maritime History of the Great Lakes
  • Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), December 22, 1866
    Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), December 22, 1866
    textnewspaper       MARINE MATTERS_______Vessels Passed out of Commission in 1866_______The Number of Vessels Commissioned Last Year_______VESSELS PASSED OUT OF COMMISSION IN 1866.Steamer May Queen, burned at Milwaukee; total loss.Ferry steamer Windsor, burned at Detroit, a total loss, with 30 ...
    textnewspaper     MARINE MATTERS_______Vessels Passed out of Commission in 1866_______The Number of Vessels Commissioned Last Year_______VESSELS PASSED OUT OF COMMISSION IN 1866.Steamer May Queen, burned at Milwaukee; total loss.Ferry steamer Windsor, burned ...
    Maritime History of the Great Lakes
  • Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), December 19, 1866
    Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), December 19, 1866
    textnewspaper       MARINE MATTERS_______Casualties on the Lakes the Past Season._______Six Hundred and Twenty-one Disasters._______Herewith we present our annual record of marine disasters which have occurred during the season just closed, in part gleaned from exchange papers, which have come to hand, ...
    textnewspaper     MARINE MATTERS_______Casualties on the Lakes the Past Season._______Six Hundred and Twenty-one Disasters._______Herewith we present our annual record of marine disasters which have occurred during the season just closed, in part ...
    Maritime History of the Great Lakes
  • Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), July 23, 1867
    Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), July 23, 1867
    textnewspaper       NEW VESSEL - The new schooner White Oak, Captain Coot, arrived here this morning from Oswego, with a cargo of salt, being her first trip. She was visited during the afternoon by a large number of master builders, ship captains, and others interested in vessels, and was prononced by all ...
    textnewspaper     NEW VESSEL - The new schooner White Oak, Captain Coot, arrived here this morning from Oswego, with a cargo of salt, being her first trip. She was visited during the ...
    Maritime History of the Great Lakes
  • Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), July 2, 1867
    Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), July 2, 1867
    textnewspaper       The hard-luck steamer GLOBE burned and sank on Saginaw Bay near Big Charity Island, August 12, 1863. Her career had been perversely eventful, marked by a number of serious accidents. She was built in 1847 and was sold into Canadian registry in 1856 [C#33471]. After wrecking on Lake Superior in ...
    textnewspaper     The hard-luck steamer GLOBE burned and sank on Saginaw Bay near Big Charity Island, August 12, 1863. Her career had been perversely eventful, marked by a number of serious accidents. ...
    Maritime History of the Great Lakes
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