The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Lake Sailors the Best
Oneida Evening Union (Oneida, NY), 8 Jun 1898

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Lake Sailors the Best

A Sioux City man who has during a good share of his life a been a sailor, in speaking the other evening of the Naval Reserve in case of war, said:

"The sailors of our Great Lakes are the best sailors in the world. I have sailed with salt water sailors and with fresh water sailors, ad know the characteristics of both. You can tell a salt water sailor if he is sailing on the lakes just by watching him work. He is always the last man on deck when the crew is called and the last man on the yard when it becomes necessary to take in sail

"The reason for this is that the lake sailor learns from the start to be more watchful. On the lakes he is hardly ever out of sight of land, and so he always has a lee shore. There are no trade winds or pronounced currents to help him along, but, on the other hand there are numerous islands and a multitude of boats to be avoided. A sailor may cross the Atlantic without danger of running into an island, and he may hardly see more than two or three ships during the entire voyage, but on the lakes it is just the other way.

"The lake sailor, therefore, becomes more alert, watchful and cheerful. He is the best sailor in the world, and anybody who knows anything about the subject acknowledges it." - Sioux City Herald.

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8 Jun 1898
Richard Palmer
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  • Iowa, United States
    Latitude: 42.49999 Longitude: -96.40031
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Lake Sailors the Best