The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Charlevoix Sentinel (Charlevoix, MI), Apr 30, 1903

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Chicago Special: The departure of the schooner Sophia J. Luff with a cargo of corn for Kingston, Canada, marks the permanent removal of five of Chicago's schooner fleet this spring. The Luff, as well as the four others formerly named, have been sold to parties not in the Lake Michigan trade, and the boats may never enter this trade again. The once large schooner fleet that hailed from here has now dwindled down to not more than 30 craft, a reduction of a full 100 per cent during the last five years. Lumber in now brought from far up on Lake Superior at rates that made such cargoes prohibitive for schooners. Even on the shorter runs on this lake, freight rates have been reduced to a point where owners of sailing craft can make no money, and they are either disposing of their property to persons who have special use for such boats, allowing them to wear out for lack of repair, or fail to replace them when lost in storms. Fifteen years ago Chicago's schooner fleet number 300 vessels, and back in the late 70's, when schooners were still carrying the bulk of the grain between this port and Buffalo, the fleet numbered nearly 500 vessels.

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Dave Swayze
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Charlevoix Sentinel (Charlevoix, MI), Apr 30, 1903