The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), March 29, 1915

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Passing of the Sailing Schooner

The indications are that it is only a matter of time, and a short time at that, when the sailing schooner will have disappeared completely from the Great Lakes. For the past few years the only trade they have been engaged in has been carrying lumber on some of the upper lakes and coal on Lake Ontario. The smaller steamers, which have greater capacity and can make better time, have been slowly but surely crowding the sailing vessel even out of this trade, until now there is but a very few left of the great fleet that at one time dotted the lakes during the months of navigation.

The passing of the sailing vessel was indicated some years ago when schooners which had been famous in former years as smart boats and good carriers began to come into this port, stripped of their canvas and with their masts cut down, at the end of a towline behind a tug or as a consort to some small steamer. That was the handwriting on the wall.

Another sure indication was the fact that no new boats of this class were being built to replace those destroyed. Many who had made fortunes in sailing schooners refused to invest any more money in them. They either retired altogether from the commerce of the lakes or put their money in steamboats.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), March 29, 1915