Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 18 Jul, 1872
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THREE MASTED VESSELS. - The first three-masted vessel ever commissioned on the lakes and which served the purpose for which she was designed, was the schooner Luther Wright, built at Huron, Ohio, by Captain William A. [Dana], who is yet living and a resident, we believe, of Algonac, Michigan, and presently owns the steam barge Edith. A vessel called the [Mir]andah, also a three-master, came out some time previous to the Wright, and about the year 1838, but the rig was subsequently changed, not being adapted to such a fit-out. In the [same] connection we may observe that chain h[. . . . .] were first introduced by Capt. R. C. Bri[stol], for several years a prominent commander [for . . .] Reed's line of steamers on the lakes, has [. . . ] since deceased at Chicago. Upper cabin steamers were first introduced in 187 by [ . . . ] Augustus Walker, on board the steamer [Great] Western. Capt Walker died at Buffalo in 18[ . . .] aged 65.
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- The 3-master mentioned above as built previous to WRIGHT was the schooner OWANUNGAH (not "Mirandah"). She was built by Delano at White Haven, New York, and launched in 1835. She was 129.76 t. and 85 feet keel. OWANUNGAH served as a three-mast schooner until converted to a brig of the same size in 1842. In my opinion, a six or seven-year run qualifies her for the honor of being considered the Great Lakes' first 3-mast schooner. Further down in the same article, Capt Augustus Walker was skipper of the steamer Great Western in the period 1838-43.
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- 18 Jul, 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.
Maritime History of the Great Lakes