The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 22 Aug, 1873

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A CRAFT WITH A HISTORY. - The lake and European trade, which was attended with considerable success from the year of 1858 up to 1864, but since that time has become a history of the past, is rarely ever alluded to. With it is associated some of the most important events of our lake history, as during those years there were many fine sea-going vessels brought out specially for the trade. Those which took part in the traffic proved well adapted for the ocean service, meeting with but few or no disasters on the voyage either way. During the season of 1860 there were forty vessels which cleared for European ports laden with timber, staves and grain, and of this number there are but eight remaining, all of which are yet employed in some way in the service. These are the schooners G. W. Holt, Twin Sisters, Milwaukee Belle, White Cloud, Orkney Lass, Sophia Smith, Alexander and J. F. Warner. All but the Warner and Sophia are yet plying as sail vessels, the Warner and Smith being converted into tow barges. The J. F. Warner, during the above year, made the voyage from Quebec to Greenock, Scotland, in thirty-nine days, having a succession of light winds the entire voyage. During the passage she out-sailed the clipper ship Oalana, and was not beaten during her absence. She has on more than one occasion narrowly escaped shipwreck since her return to the lakes, and was twice abandoned as a total loss. She has, however, survived all her misfortunes and is now a lumber carrier as a barge. On her European trip she was commanded by Captain A. R. Manning.

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WARNER was finally wrecked in 1890 in Thunder Bay, Michigan. The last one left was probably ORKNEY LASS, still registered in 1892.
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22 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), 22 Aug, 1873