The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), Aug. 20, 1860

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Lake Craft On The Atlantic. - The Detroit Tribune publishes a list of the vessels which have been diverted from the lake trade to that on the ocean, within three years past. There are ten barques, five brigs, forty-one schooners, one propeller and eight tugs. The total tonnage of all, except the tugs, is 18,035. Two of the barques and one schooner are Canadian vessels. Two of the schooners have been wrecked.

The Tribune adds: "With the advent of more hopeful times on the lakes, such as of the above crafts are not engaged in any lucrative business, will no doubt return. We learn that the Sophia Smith, J. W. Holt and Fashion, which are at present engaged in coasting, have been ordered back on the lake by their owner. There are many in the list, however, that will not return, and the trade has, in any contingency opened up a permanent field for Western enterprise. Inquires for vessels for Liverpool, Cadiz, New York, Charleston, &c., are now quite a common place affair. If this had been predicted six years ago, there is not an old laker but would have smiled credulously."

Lake Vessels Abandoned at Sea. - The bark Magenta, of Green Bay, Hopkins, from Boston July 7th, for London, was abandoned at sea July 22d, and the crew had arrived in Liverpool early in August. She had on board 1,185 bbls. flour, 4,325 bags of cake and 3,428 gallons sperm oil. The magenta was built at Green Bay in 1859, was 458 tons, was rated A 1 1/2 and is owned by A. S. Godfrey. She sprung a leak on the 22d and was abandoned on the 27th; crew and officers taken off by Roderick Dhu, which reached Liverpool 2d inst. She is said to be fully insured in Boston.

The Magenta was built expressly for the ocean trade and was a beautiful and in every respect a superior craft. She was worth about $20,000.

This makes the third of our ocean-lake fleet that has been lost at sea since the inauguration, in earnest, of the trade, which occurred in the spring of 1857; the other being the Col. Cook, lost in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in 1858, and the Republican, of Huron, Ohio, lost off the coast of Florida last spring. - Detroit Tribune.

Our Lake-Ocean Fleet. - The schooner Forest City, Capt. Lovell, cleared from Boston on the 11th, for Albany and Troy. The schooner G.D. Dousman, Capt. Smith, hauled out of the Royal Albert dry dock at Cork, after going in for repairs, Aug. 1st.

The J. F. Warner, Capt. Manning, sailed from Liverpool July 29th, for Cleveland. The Canadian barque T.F. Park, Capt. Duncanson, sailed from Liverpool Aug. 1st for Montreal and Detroit. - Cleveland Herald.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), Aug. 20, 1860