The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), July 27, 1873

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VESSEL LONGEVITY. - The following craft, which in earlier times served prominently on the lakes as sail vessels in various rigs, were retired from the grain and lumber trades as sail craft, dismantled of their outfits, fitted as tow barges, and are now in service as lumber carriers. These changes take place every season, while the fall gales pass many of them out of existence, with the usual loss of life and more or less loss of cargoes:

Tons.When.Years in Service
Danube, bark, Oswego360185221
Sunshine, bark, East Saginaw516 185419
David Norris, bark, Black River383185716
Mary Stockton, bark, Cheboygan347185221
Sam Ward, bark, Newport483184726
Merrimac, three-master, Oswego269185815
City, three-master, Cleveland340 185320
Banner, brig, Conneaut431184726
Bay City, brig, Portsmouth424185716
Rio Grande, brig, Pt. Penisnsula275184627
Wm. Treat, Brig, Euclid547185617
Mariner, bark, Ogdensburg375185617
Seminole, bark, Pt. Peninsula213184726
Fulton, schooner, Cleveland300185419
Wm. Case, schooner, Cleveland378 185518
Dreadnaught, schooner, Oswego112 185617
Robt. Emmett, schr., Buffalo245 184726
Jupiter, schooner, Cattaraugus372185716
Leader, schooner, Black River339 185617
S. H. Lathrop, schr., Buffalo307 185617
Poland, schooner, Cleveland232184825
Plymouth Rock, schr., Oswego244185221
Sophia Smith, schr., Buffalo366 185518
Star of the North, schr., Cleveland287185419
Sunbury, schooner, Buffalo224185914
J. F. Warner, schr., Cleveland341185518
Waurecan, schooner, Buffalo371185716

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I don't know where they got these tonnages (may actually be capacities) but it's interesting to see that some of these old boats - like old dogs - came to live a long time by staying on a leash. Of the list above, 12 lived to see their fortieth year, and at least three (SUNSHINE, FULTON and WILLIAM CASE) lasted half a century or more.
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), July 27, 1873