The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 7 Aug, 1873

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PASSING AWAY. - During the season of 1862 there were eighty-five brigs (or brigantines, as they are more properly termed) plying upon the lakes, of which number there are now but six remaining, as follows: Helfenstein, Roscius, Powhattan, N. M. Standart, Mechanic, and Commerce. Nine of the eighty-five were converted into schooners, either fore and aft or topsail, and are yet in service, viz.: Iroquois, 257 tons; F. B. Gardner, 400 tons; S. F. Gale, 301 tons; Queen of the North, 347 tons; Wm. Lewis, 315 tons; Orkney Lass, 378 tons; Gen. Worth, 257 tons; C. P. Williams, 434 tons; Young America, 346 tons, and there are also ten others plying in the lumber trade as barges, the names of which are as follows: Banner, Mariner, Frontier City, City of Erie, Wm. Treat, Seminole, Bay City, Isabella, Paragon and Rio Grande, making a total of twenty-six which have not gone entirely out of existence and fifty-nine which have passed away. The Robert Burns, which was lost in the Straits, was the last of the few full-rigged brigs that ever came upon the lakes.

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The Great Lakes brigantine (usually called a "brig), was a two-masted vessel, square-rigged on the foremast and fore-and-aft rigged on the mainmast. A full-rigged brig was also two-masted, but square-rigged on both masts. 1869 *Merchant Vessels* shows 46 brigs in American registry at that time. The ROBERT BURNS was lost with all hands in November of '69.
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7 Aug, 1873
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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), 7 Aug, 1873