The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), March 21, 1871


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NAVIGATION OPENING - The steamer R. N. Rice having taken her departure for Cleveland last evening and beyond doubt will succeed in reaching her destination, we accordingly present a statement showing the opening of navigation to Cleveland and at the head of Lake Erie for forty-five years, compiled from authentic records:

1829 - April 10
1830 - April 3
1831 - March 29
1832 - March 28
1833 - April 2
1834 - February 1
1835 - April 25
1836 - April 12
1837 - May 1
1838 - March 20
1839 - March 13, steamers leave Detroit
1840 - March 8, str Star arrives from Cleveland
1841 - April 14, str Wayne from Buffalo
1842 - March 3, str Gen. Scott for Buffalo
1843 - April 18, str Fairport for Cleveland
1844 - March 11, str Red Jacket for Port Huron
1845 - January 4, str United States from Buffalo
1846 - March 14, str John Owen for Cleveland
1847 - March 30, str United States from Cleveland
1848 - March 22, prop Manhattan for Buffalo
1849 - March 21, str John Owen for Cleveland
1850 - March 25, str Southerner from Buffalo
1851 - March 19, str Hollister from Toledo
1852 - March 22, str Arrow for Toledo
1853 - March 14, str Bay City from Sandusky
1854 - March 21, str May Queen from Cleveland
1855 - April 2, str Arrow for Toledo
1856 - April 15, str May Queen for Cleveland
1857 - March 25, str Ocean for Cleveland
1858 - March 17, str Dart for Toledo
1859 - March 10, str Island Queen from Sandusky
1860 - March 6, schr Spy from Sandusky
1861 - March 11, str Ruby for Port Huron
1862 - March 29, str May Queen for Cleveland
1863 - March 20, prop Dubuque from Cleveland
1864 - March 13, str Young America from Port Huron
1865 - March 25, str Reindeer for Port Huron
1866 - April 4, str Reindeer for Port Huron
1867 - April 8, str Morning Star for Cleveland
1868 - March 24, str Rice for Cleveland
1869 - April 5, str Rice for Cleveland
1870 - April 8, str Rice for Cleveland
1871 - March 15, prop Estabrook for Toledo


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Notes:
The average opening date was March 24, about a month later than the official openings of today. In 1871, wooden-hulled vessels had to be sure most of the ice was gone from their routes before they set out for the first haul of the season.      
Date of Original:
March 21, 1871
Local identifier:
GLN.3336
Language of Item:
English
Donor:
Dave Swayze
Copyright Statement:
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), March 21, 1871