The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), 27 Apr, 1877

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THE OLDEST VESSEL. - The schooner Harriet Ross, at present owned in Detroit, is unquestionably the oldest vessel on the lakes. She was in commission prior to the war of 1812, and formed one of Commodore Perry's fleet in the great naval battle on Lake Erie. There is nothing left of the old vessel but the bottom and the keel. The Harriet Ross figures on the insurance register as having been built at Buffalo by C. Keith in 1853, but this is a mistake, and has reference, perhaps to the fact that she was rebuilt from the bilge up at that port in the year mentioned. The Ross measures 187 tons burden, new measurement, and is still useful for the deep water lumber trade. She ran ashore on Lake Erie last fall, which led to her abandonment to the underwriters, and a subsequent purchase by a Detroit party, Mr. Grummond. So says the Chicago Times.

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Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), 27 Apr, 1877