The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 24 December, 1865

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Incidents of Interest During the
Past Navigation Season
Roll of Honor - Quick Trips

We continue our annual statement of matters of interest connected with lake navigation during the season of 1865, and give in the first place the principal incidents of the season.

March 9th - Navigation open to Malden, the steamer Pearl plying regularly on that date.
13th - Navigation open to Port Huron; steamer Young America arrives from that port.
27th - Navigation open to Cleveland; steamer Morning Star arrives here this evening.
April 2d - Navigation open to Saginaw; steamer Forest Queen arrives there from Detroit.
5th - Schr Wings of the Morning first sail vessel to arrive at Detroit, from Cleveland.
8th - Propeller Carlster(?) arrives at Detroit from Dunkirk; first steamer through.
12th - Bark Thermutis and schr Saranac sail from Detroit for Bruce Mines, to load with copper for Liverpool.
20th - Propeller America arrives at Detroit from Welland Canal; first arrival from that port.
21st - Propeller Montgomery passes through the Straits on the 19th and arrives at Milwaukee this date.
23d - Bark Champion passes down from Chicago; first sail vessel from that port.
25th - Navigation open to Buffalo; propeller Missouri leaves there on this date.
May 7th - Bark Thermutis, Capt. Gale, saild from Detroit to Liverpool, with copper and staves.
9th - Schr Saranac, Capt. Wright, saild from Detroit for Liverpool, with copper and staves.
13th - Brig Sea Gull sail from Toronto to Port Natal, coast of Africa; cargo, oak lumber.
14th - Bark C. B. Bosenbury sails from Toledo, with cargo of walnut lumber, for Boston, Mass.
15th - Bark W. S. Pierson sails from Sandusky for Hamburg, Germany, with timber and staves.
27th - Brig Lucy A. Blossom sails from Detroit for Boston, Mass., with cargo walnut lumber.
June 10th - Bark Wirralite arrives at Detroit from Liverpool; cargo merchandise.
12th - Schr Union sails from Detroit for Graytown, Nicaragua, with emigrants.
Bark Jesse Drummond sails from Port Stanley for Hamburg, Germany; cargo walnut.
July 28th - Schr Clyde sails from Sandusky for Boston, Mass., with cargo walnut lumber.
31st - Bark Jacques DeMolay arrives at Detroit from Liverpool; cargo merchandize.
August 1st - Steamers Reindeer and Pearl have a trial of speed from Detroit to Malden, the former the victor.
9th - Propeller Pewabic sunk by collision with propeller Meteor on Lake Huron; 100 lives lost.
September 15th - Schr F. R. Tranchemontagnee arrives at Detroit from Newfoundland en route to Chicago.
October 1st - Bark Thermutis arrives at Cleveland from Liverpool; cargo merchandize.
17th - Schr R. N. Brown sails from Toledo for Boston, Mass.; cargo walnut lumber.
25th - Bark Wavertree arrives at Cleveland from Liverpool; cargo merchandize.
Bark Thermutis sails from Cleveland for Liverpool with cargo petroleum.
December 15th - Ice commences running in Detroit river and navigation closed.


The following quick passages made by steamers and vessel on the lakes are probably unprecedented anywhere in the world:

Propeller B F Wade, from Sarnia to Chicago in 36 hours.
Barque Kate Darley, Capt. Locke, the round trip between Buffalo and Chicago in 16 days.
Barque H P Bridge, Capt. Ingraham, from Chicago to Buffalo, thence to Detroit, in 8 days.
Schr Starlight, Capt. Harvey, Detroit to Buffalo and return in 3 days.
Schr Bermuda, Capt. McDonald, Detroit to Port Colborne, thence to Port Huron, in 4 days.
Barque H L Lansing, Capt Parsons, Detroit to Buffalo and return in 3 days, 22 hours.
Barque Jane Bell, Capt Hugh McGaw, Buffalo to Chicago, thence to Marquette, in 28 days.
Barque Favorite, Detroit to Buffalo and back in 2 days; lay aground at Buffalo 8 hours.
Scow Orion, Buffalo to Detroit in 25½ hours.
Schr St Andrew, Erie to Marquette and return in 22 days.
Propeller Montgomery from Chicago to Sarnia in 56 hours.
Propeller Iron City, Cleveland to Ontonagon, thence to Detroit, in (8) days, 13 hours and 15 minutes.
Schr Kirk White, Capt. Depew, Detroit to Forester and return in 4 days.
Scow Ida H Bloom, two trips from Detroit to Cleveland and back in 8 days. Good for Ida. [sic]
Brig A. Mitchell, Chicago to Menominee and return, in 4 days and 17 hours.
Bark Champion, Chicago to Buffalo, in 4 days and 18 hours; was 36 hours towing through the rivers.
Schr York State, Captain Collins, Chicago to Buffalo in 4 days and 14 hours.
Bark P C Sherman, Chicago to Buffalo in 3 days and 22 hours.
Schr Collingwood, Chicago to Detroit, in 60 hours.
Schr Bonnie Doon, Chicago to Detroit in 56 hours.
Bark Alice, Captain Burke, Chicago to Buffalo, in 3 days and 12 hours.
Bark H P Bridge, Captain Ingraham, Detroit to Buffalo and return, in 3 days and 20 hours.
Bark Kate Darley, Captain Locke, Chicago to St. Clair R., in 50 hours.
Bark D Morris, Captain Day, Buffalo to Pigeon River, Saginaw Bay, thence to Cleveland, in 6 days.
Schr Buckingham, Capt. Swain, River St. Clair to Milwaukee and return, in 4½ days.
Bark Iroquois, Captain Becker, Cleveland to Point au Barque and return, in 4 days and 18 hours.

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Another extensive maritime list from the Detroit perspective compiled by Detroit Free Press marine reporter Capt. J. W. Hall.
Date of Original:
24 December, 1865
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Geographic Coverage:
  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.33143 Longitude: -83.04575
Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 24 December, 1865