The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Sophia Smith (Schooner), 20 Aug 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 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."
      Oswego Commercial Times
      August 20, 1860

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Sophia Smith (Schooner), 20 Aug 1860