The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Watertown Herald (Watertown, NY), Saturday Feb. 4, 1888

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Our Fresh Water Sailors

The sailors who man the vessels which engage in the lake commerce are among the best in the world. They are brave reckless men. They sail their vessels until the lakes are ice bound. Storms have no terrors for them. When freights are high and the business profitable the crews of these ships are willing to sail as long as their officers dare keep the engines going or the sails set. A large portion of these men live on farms during the winter. They own a few acres of land and their children tend their fields during the summer, while they sail ships up and down the lakes.

There is a fascination about life on the inland water that attracts families of men. If an American begins to follow the water of the lake his sons are sure to ship as sailors and their sons after them. The school of the lakes is the best schools to produce effective sailors that I know of. Salt water sailors turn up their noses at fresh water lubbers, as they call them. I know both classes and I unhesitantly say that the lake sailors are vastly superior to those who sail in ships which ply between Liverpool and New York and they are the best of the salt water sailors. The lake sailor are self reliant resourceful and courageously they are intelligent, skillful and ambitious. Their duty is to care for and sail the vessels, and they resolutely refuse to handle the cargo or to trim the ships. They are well fed and well paid.- Frank Wilkeson in New York Times.

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Saturday Feb. 4, 1888
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Richard Palmer
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Watertown Herald (Watertown, NY), Saturday Feb. 4, 1888