The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 1 Dec, 1870

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PORTAGE LAKE SHIP CANAL. - We have already announced the completion of the Portage Lake Ship Canal. Steamers bound up Lake Superior, stopping at Houghton and Hancock, have heretofore been obliged to go to the entry on the east side of Keweenaw Point, and run up the inlet fifteen miles to these villages; then return to the lake and proceed northward some sixty or seventy miles, round the point, then south again along the west side to Ontonagon. With the canal completed, ships that do not touch at Eagle River, Eagle Harbor or Copper Harbor, at the extremity of the point, can go westward through the canal to the lake, cutting off 130 to 150 miles of dangerous navigation.

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Here is another example of the many important improvements to navigation that were first built in the 1860's and 70's and are still in use today.
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1 Dec, 1870
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Dave Swayze
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 1 Dec, 1870