The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Schooner Harriet Ross

Neff, Charles S., Artist
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The Harriet Ross was at one time believed by sailors to have been the American gunboat, Porcupine, which formed part of Perry's fleet in the Battle of Lake Erie, Sept. 10, 1813.
However, the Ross was the former Cambridge, a vessel which had been wrecked at Buffalo, lengthened and rebuilt by a Mr. Keith at Buffalo in 1854. The vessel sailed until about 1890 when it was abandoned, worn out, on the banks of the St. Clair river, a mile below the mouth of the Black river, Port Huron, Mich. The Ross, of 179 gr. tons, was an odd looking craft. The Porcupine, renamed the Caroline, was allowed to sink at Ferrysburg, near Grand Haven, Mich., about 1855. western Reserve Hist. Soc., Cleveland, has some of her timbers. Ross listed Beers, History of the Great Lakes, Vol. 1, p. 882; also Cambridge.
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John S. Neff
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Schooner Harriet Ross