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  • Oswego harbor, 1850s
    Image       "Oswego Harbor from the South" "Lith. by W. H. Rease N. E. Cor. 4th & Chestnut Sts. Pha [Philadelphia]"
    Image     "Oswego Harbor from the South" "Lith. by W. H. Rease N. E. Cor. 4th & Chestnut Sts. Pha [Philadelphia]"
  • Steamboat CHICAGO
    Image  Directory of the Marine Interests of the Great Lakes: Comprising A Complete List of All Vessels Navigating the Lakes, Arranged Alphabetically... (Detroit, MI : R. L. Polk & Co., 1884 )     Manz Chicago
    Image  Directory of the Marine Interests of the Great Lakes: Comprising A Complete List of All Vessels Navigating the Lakes, Arranged Alphabetically... (Detroit, MI : R. L. Polk & Co., 1884 )   Manz Chicago
  • Erie Belle
    Image  Directory of the Marine Interests of the Great Lakes: Comprising A Complete List of All Vessels Navigating the Lakes, Arranged Alphabetically... (Detroit, MI : R. L. Polk & Co., 1884 )     Wooden engraving of a crew unloading coal from a schooner with the Canadian tug ERIE BELLE drawn up alongside.
    Image  Directory of the Marine Interests of the Great Lakes: Comprising A Complete List of All Vessels Navigating the Lakes, Arranged Alphabetically... (Detroit, MI : R. L. Polk & Co., 1884 )   Wooden engraving of a crew unloading coal from a schooner with the Canadian tug ERIE BELLE drawn up alongside.
  • Steamboat
    Image  Directory of the Marine Interests of the Great Lakes: Comprising A Complete List of All Vessels Navigating the Lakes, Arranged Alphabetically... (Detroit, MI : R. L. Polk & Co., 1884 )     Generic wooden engraving of a propeller-driven steamboat with an arch from the 1880s by A. Zeese & Company of Chicago for use in advertisements
    Image  Directory of the Marine Interests of the Great Lakes: Comprising A Complete List of All Vessels Navigating the Lakes, Arranged Alphabetically... (Detroit, MI : R. L. Polk & Co., 1884 )   Generic wooden engraving of a propeller-driven steamboat with an arch from the 1880s by A. Zeese & Company of Chicago for use in advertisements
  • Steamboat
    Image  Directory of the Marine Interests of the Great Lakes: Comprising A Complete List of All Vessels Navigating the Lakes, Arranged Alphabetically... (Detroit, MI : R. L. Polk & Co., 1884 )     Generic wooden engraving of a sidewheel, paddlewheeled steamboat used in advertisements
    Image  Directory of the Marine Interests of the Great Lakes: Comprising A Complete List of All Vessels Navigating the Lakes, Arranged Alphabetically... (Detroit, MI : R. L. Polk & Co., 1884 )   Generic wooden engraving of a sidewheel, paddlewheeled steamboat used in advertisements
  • Steamboat
    Image  Directory of the Marine Interests of the Great Lakes: Comprising A Complete List of All Vessels Navigating the Lakes, Arranged Alphabetically... (Detroit, MI : R. L. Polk & Co., 1884 )     Generic wood engraving of a typical wooden hulled, propeller driven steamboat of the 1880s. It is trailed by a tugboat towing a schooner with a grain elevator in the rear to the left and the silhouette of a locomotive in the rear to the right.
    Image  Directory of the Marine Interests of the Great Lakes: Comprising A Complete List of All Vessels Navigating the Lakes, Arranged Alphabetically... (Detroit, MI : R. L. Polk & Co., 1884 )   Generic wood engraving of a typical wooden hulled, propeller driven steamboat of the 1880s. It is trailed by a tugboat towing a schooner with a grain elevator in the rear ...
  • The Steam Examination for Masters and Mates, as required by the Local Marine Board - Plate 1
    Image  The Steam Examination for Masters and Mates, as required by the Local Marine Board (Liverpool : Philip, Son and Nephew, 1871 )     Examination plate from "The steam examination for masters and mates, as required by the local marine board" (with illustrated diagrams), showing all the internal and external arrangement of boilers, engines, common and compound, adapted to the wants of those who know nothing about the engine. M.Ion, Preparer for the Liverpool ...
    Image  The Steam Examination for Masters and Mates, as required by the Local Marine Board (Liverpool : Philip, Son and Nephew, 1871 )   Examination plate from "The steam examination for masters and mates, as required by the local marine board" (with illustrated diagrams), showing all the internal and external arrangement of boilers, engines, ...
  • Fort Henry, Kingston
    Image       Inscription, recto on steamboat: HUNTER; fol. 15 versp, t.: View of Fort Henry, Kingston Upper Canada, from the Tete de Pont Barracks, April 1839.
    Image     Inscription, recto on steamboat: HUNTER; fol. 15 versp, t.: View of Fort Henry, Kingston Upper Canada, from the Tete de Pont Barracks, April 1839.
  • Buffalo, New York
    Image       Inscribed in the print, lower border, "J.W. Hill del. Published by Smith Brows. & Co. 225 Fulton St. N.Y. 1853. J.H. Colen sc. Buffalo." Remainder of inscription, l.r., cropped.
    Image     Inscribed in the print, lower border, "J.W. Hill del. Published by Smith Brows. & Co. 225 Fulton St. N.Y. 1853. J.H. Colen sc. Buffalo." Remainder of inscription, l.r., cropped.
  • Operated by Union Railroad Elevator Company, Toledo, Ohio
    Image       Ship "David Dows" and boat unloading cargo at grain elevator; carts and wagons hauling merchandise, and train, on left, entering "Union" warehouse in background.
    Image     Ship "David Dows" and boat unloading cargo at grain elevator; carts and wagons hauling merchandise, and train, on left, entering "Union" warehouse in background.
  • Detroit in 1820
    Image       Text at bottom center reads "Detroit in 1820, From an original sketch made in 1820 by George H. Whistler C.E. / With View of ’Walk-in-the-Water.’ / Arrive at Detroit May 20th 1819. Job Fish Commander." Small printed text on the bottom left reads "Entered According to Act of Congress A.D. ...
    Image     Text at bottom center reads "Detroit in 1820, From an original sketch made in 1820 by George H. Whistler C.E. / With View of ’Walk-in-the-Water.’ / Arrive at Detroit May ...
  • First Mail Steamboat on the Great Lakes
    Image       First Mail Steamboat on the Great Lakes
    Image     First Mail Steamboat on the Great Lakes
  • Long Reach, Bay of Quinte
    Image       Long Reach, Bay of Quinte looking towards Indian Landing
    Image     Long Reach, Bay of Quinte looking towards Indian Landing
  • His Majesty's Ship Mississauga
    Image       His Majesty's Ship Mississauga; Niagara, Navy Hall, Newark; Sept. 13, 1794, 6 o'clock AM
    Image     His Majesty's Ship Mississauga; Niagara, Navy Hall, Newark; Sept. 13, 1794, 6 o'clock AM
  • Ploughboy, off Lonely Island, Georgian Bay
    Image       Inscribed l.l.: July 1. 1859; l.r.: Wm Armstrong / Oct. 1912; vso of mount: [cropped]ccident to Steamer Ploughboy off Cabot Head / [cropped]ith Hon. J.A. Macdonald and party on board / first Dominion day July 1st 1859
    Image     Inscribed l.l.: July 1. 1859; l.r.: Wm Armstrong / Oct. 1912; vso of mount: [cropped]ccident to Steamer Ploughboy off Cabot Head / [cropped]ith Hon. J.A. Macdonald and party on board ...
  • Oswego, N. Y.
    Image       Oswego, N.Y. Published by Smith Brothers & Co., 225 Fulton St. N.Y. Lewis Bradley Del On stone by D. W. Moody
    Image     Oswego, N.Y. Published by Smith Brothers & Co., 225 Fulton St. N.Y. Lewis Bradley Del On stone by D. W. Moody
  • The Tug WALES
    Image       "The Tug 'Wales' -- From a Photograph by J. H. Davis, Collingwood"
    Image     "The Tug 'Wales' -- From a Photograph by J. H. Davis, Collingwood"
  • The Lock at Port Dalhousie
    Image       "Old Welland Canal Lock No. 1" "Plan of Lock at Port Dalhousie with upper gate closed, only 200 ft long." "The Lock at Port Dalhousie with the upper gate open -- 233 ft 6 in. long. Chicora 230 feet as placed in lock and lowered to Lake Ontario level."
    Image     "Old Welland Canal Lock No. 1" "Plan of Lock at Port Dalhousie with upper gate closed, only 200 ft long." "The Lock at Port Dalhousie with the upper gate open ...
  • The Baltic Waltz
    Audio       The Baltic Waltz by composer Thomas Cook, published in New York and Buffalo in 1847 and dedicated to Captain A. T. Kingman of Buffalo. It has an engraving of the steamboat BALTIC on the cover.
    Audio     The Baltic Waltz by composer Thomas Cook, published in New York and Buffalo in 1847 and dedicated to Captain A. T. Kingman of Buffalo. It has an engraving of the ...
  • The Steamer Corsican
    Image       "The Steamer Corsican"
    Image     "The Steamer Corsican"
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Art of the Great Lakes and Seaway


This is a collection of drawings, engraving and plans of vessels, buildings and harbours around the Great Lakes and the upper St. Lawrence River (the modern Seaway).