The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 10 Apr, 1872

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A DECEMBER CRUISE. - An old lake man, whose statement is strictly reliable, yesterday related to us the following reminiscence which occurred at an early period of our lake history, and as it has associated with it the names of two or three well-known Detroit men at that time, it has the more interest. Early in December, 1834, the United States Government, fearing that the supplies for the garrison at Mackinaw would fall short before the ensuing spring, determined to forward an additional supply, and take the chances of the lateness of the season in getting through, as all the shipping had already gone into winter quarters. The schooner Gen. Warren was accordingly fitted out, and a crew consisting of Bob Wagstaff, Augustus McKinstry, Thomas Willson, Jack Coultway and E. N. Clark were put aboard. The vessel sailed to the head of the St. Clair River, and from thence was towed into Lake Huron by the steamer Gen. Brady, Capt. John Bemis. As no one had been specially designated as captain before leaving port, this was decided by the toss of a penny, the choice falling on Wagstaff. The round trip was performed in twenty-one days, the vessel arriving at Detroit about the first of the new year. The vessel was owned by Capt. Allen.

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The GEN. WARREN was a 61 foot 2-mast schooner built in 1834 at Mt. Clemens, Mich. Sailors Wagstaff and McKinstry were later well-known lakes captains.
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10 Apr, 1872
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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), 10 Apr, 1872