The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Aug 12, 1891

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Capt. D. P. Dobbins, the well-known life-boat inventor, owns the government ship Niagara, which was sunk in Misery Bay at Erie in 1814 for preservation. It is his intention to raise her and take her to Chicago in 1893, fit her up in appropriate style and exhibit her at the world's fair. Capt. Dobbins also intends to get up an exhibit of his famous life-boats, launching waggons and other life-saving appliances. His boat is to be operated by a trained crew.

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Lakemen never really forgot about the old brig NIAGARA, which gained fame in the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812. She was scuttled in Misery Bay (Erie,Pa) after the war to preserve her and was mentioned - not often, but regularly - in the papers from then on. When this little clipping was printed the time was drawing near for her to be finally raised (in 1913). Captain David Porter Dobbins was the son of Daniel Dobbins, a prominent figure in War of 1812 history, builder of many of the smaller vessels in Perry's fleet, and pioneer in Great Lakes shipping.
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Aug 12, 1891
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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), Aug 12, 1891