The Maritime History of the Great Lakes

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  • Steamer "Western World"
    Image  Orr, J. W., Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper (New York, NY), 7 Jun 1856     Steamer "Western World," Capt. J. H. Barker, of the Michigan Central Railroad Line, between Buffalo and Detroit
    Image  Orr, J. W., Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper (New York, NY), 7 Jun 1856   Steamer "Western World," Capt. J. H. Barker, of the Michigan Central Railroad Line, between Buffalo and Detroit
  • Burning of the Lake Erie Steamer Northern Indiana
    Image       "Burning of the Lake Erie Steamer Northern Indiana"
    Image     "Burning of the Lake Erie Steamer Northern Indiana"
  • The rescue of two ladies and a gentleman from the wreck of the wheel
    Image       "The rescue of two ladies and a gentleman from the wreck of the wheel"
    Image     "The rescue of two ladies and a gentleman from the wreck of the wheel"
  • McDonagh jumping into the water with the life-preservers
    Image       "McDonagh jumping into the water with the life-preservers"
    Image     "McDonagh jumping into the water with the life-preservers"
  • Pushing the women overboard who were too much terrified to make the leap
    Image       "Pushing the women overboard who were too much terrified to make the leap"
    Image     "Pushing the women overboard who were too much terrified to make the leap"
  • Propeller Republic towing the wreck into Pigeon Bay
    Image       "Propeller Republic towing the wreck into Pigeon Bay"
    Image     "Propeller Republic towing the wreck into Pigeon Bay"
  • "This Sad and Melancholy Catastrophe:" Port Maitland, Ontario and the Wreck of the Troopship Commerce, 6 May 1850
    Text  McIntyre, Kyle, The Northern Mariner / Le marin du nord (St. John's, NL), Jul 1998, 39-49     The broadsheets and nautical journals of the mid-nineteenth century register shipwrecks with the same detachment that can be read in the daily traffic reports of a contemporary newspaper. The human elements in the events are downplayed and the material costs neatly summarized as insurance estimates. Yet in any tragedy it ...
    Text  McIntyre, Kyle, The Northern Mariner / Le marin du nord (St. John's, NL), Jul 1998, 39-49   The broadsheets and nautical journals of the mid-nineteenth century register shipwrecks with the same detachment that can be read in the daily traffic reports of a contemporary newspaper. The human ...
  • "Not Very Much Celebrated:" The Evolution and Nature of the Provincial Marine, 1755-1813
    Text  Malcomson, Robert, The Northern Mariner / Le marin du nord (St. John's, NL), Jan 2001, 25-37     After applauding land successes at Detroit and Queenston, Strachan condemned the inability of the Provincial Marine to operate as an effective naval force, an opinion shared by Sir George Prevost and other key British officers. The opinion of at least one individual on the quarterdeck of the Provincial Marine was ...
    Text  Malcomson, Robert, The Northern Mariner / Le marin du nord (St. John's, NL), Jan 2001, 25-37   After applauding land successes at Detroit and Queenston, Strachan condemned the inability of the Provincial Marine to operate as an effective naval force, an opinion shared by Sir George Prevost ...
  • The Canadian-American Contest for the Great Lakes Fish Harvest, 1872-1914
    Text  Bogue, Margaret Beattie, The Northern Mariner / Le marin du nord (St. John's, NL), Jul 2001, 1-21     Neglected in the history of the Canadian-American experience on Great Lakes waters, the acerbic and at times violent interaction between American commercial fishers and defenders of Canadian fish resources deserves attention. As tenders of the nets competed for the rich harvests of the Inland Seas, friction, minor incidents, and bad ...
    Text  Bogue, Margaret Beattie, The Northern Mariner / Le marin du nord (St. John's, NL), Jul 2001, 1-21   Neglected in the history of the Canadian-American experience on Great Lakes waters, the acerbic and at times violent interaction between American commercial fishers and defenders of Canadian fish resources deserves ...
  • The Georgian Bay and Great Lakes Survey, 1883-1903
    Text  Meehan, O. M., The Northern Mariner / Le marin du nord (St. John's, NL), Jan 2004, 1-24     Chapter 1 of O. M. Meehan, The Canadian Hydrographic Service From the time of its Inception in 1883 to the end of the Second World War The Georgian Bay Survey Under Staff Commander J.G. Boulton, RN, 1883-1893 Canada's First Hydrographic Surveyor Preliminary in vestigations and Surveys in Georgian Bay, 1883 ...
    Text  Meehan, O. M., The Northern Mariner / Le marin du nord (St. John's, NL), Jan 2004, 1-24   Chapter 1 of O. M. Meehan, The Canadian Hydrographic Service From the time of its Inception in 1883 to the end of the Second World War The Georgian Bay Survey ...
  • The Pilot of La Salle’s Griffon
    Text  Calnan, Joe, The Northern Mariner / Le marin du nord (St. John's, NL), Jul 2013, 213-238     The French explorer Robert Cavelier de La Salle (1643-1687) had a small rigged sailing coaster built in 1679 to travel between the Niagara River and Lake Michigan. La Salle hired a qualified and experienced pilot to conduct the vessel on these waters, but within nine months of starting on the ...
    Text  Calnan, Joe, The Northern Mariner / Le marin du nord (St. John's, NL), Jul 2013, 213-238   The French explorer Robert Cavelier de La Salle (1643-1687) had a small rigged sailing coaster built in 1679 to travel between the Niagara River and Lake Michigan. La Salle hired ...
  • Shipwrecks, Collisions and Accidents in St. Lawrence/Great Lakes Waterway, 1848-1900
    Text  Camu, Pierre, The Northern Mariner / Le marin du nord (St. John's, NL), Apr 1996, 43-66     There is quite a literature about shipwrecks at sea or in the confined waters of gulfs, deltas or rivers. Indeed, wrecks have long exerted a fascination because of their spectacular results, often involving losses of vessels and lives and leaving as mute testimony smashed ships, floating debris or empty lifeboats. ...
    Text  Camu, Pierre, The Northern Mariner / Le marin du nord (St. John's, NL), Apr 1996, 43-66   There is quite a literature about shipwrecks at sea or in the confined waters of gulfs, deltas or rivers. Indeed, wrecks have long exerted a fascination because of their spectacular ...
  • Wrecks on the Lakes
    NewspaperText  Boston Patriot, 19 Dec 1825, p. 2    

    Wrecks on the Lakes.--The sch. Betsey, for Ogdensburgh with a cargo of 500 bbls. of pork, capsized off Sackets Harbor on the 2d inst. The cook was drowned; rest of crew taken off the wreck by boats.

    The sch. Good Intent of Buffalo, was lost on Lake Erie in a ...

    NewspaperText  Boston Patriot, 19 Dec 1825, p. 2  

    Wrecks on the Lakes.--The sch. Betsey, for Ogdensburgh with a cargo of 500 bbls. of pork, capsized off Sackets Harbor on the 2d inst. The cook was drowned; rest of ...

  • Prowett Bayer (1874)
    Ship       Official No.: 72958; Previous Registration: U.S.A. (1875) 46x9x4 Owned by C. Quackenbush, St.Catharines 1875, 1881; R. McMaugh, St. Catharines 1886. Built by R.J.J. Cooper, Buffalo N.Y. 1874. Engine 7x8 by Sutton Bros., Buffalo. Used as commuter ferry on Welland Canal, Port Dalhousie to St.Catharines 1875-78, then Toronto ferry and Lake ...
    Ship     Official No.: 72958; Previous Registration: U.S.A. (1875) 46x9x4 Owned by C. Quackenbush, St.Catharines 1875, 1881; R. McMaugh, St. Catharines 1886. Built by R.J.J. Cooper, Buffalo N.Y. 1874. Engine 7x8 by ...
  • Queen Victoria (1838)
    Ship       130x20x7 Owned by J. Lockhart 1838; to H. Richardson, Toronto 1839; to Reid, Corby & Harrison, Belleville 1846; to R. Jones 1850. Built by Niagara Harbour & Dock Co. and launched 03/04/38. Engines (2) 28x72 by builder. Used on Lake Ontario. Ultimate fate questionable. ; Final Location: Lake Erie?, Wrecked
    Ship     130x20x7 Owned by J. Lockhart 1838; to H. Richardson, Toronto 1839; to Reid, Corby & Harrison, Belleville 1846; to R. Jones 1850. Built by Niagara Harbour & Dock Co. and ...
  • T.P. Phelan (1917)
    Ship       Official No.: 140953; Later Registration: U.S.A. (1925) 241x41x14 Owned by E. A. Woodward, Winnipeg 1922; H. S. Scarth, Winnipeg 1923 (Operated by Canada Steamship Lines). Built by Tidewater Shipbuilders Ltd., Trois Rivières 1917. Engine 14-28x26 by Palmer's Shipbuilding & Iron Co., Jarrow England (made 1887). Parts of "Rosamond Billett" incorporated ...
    Ship     Official No.: 140953; Later Registration: U.S.A. (1925) 241x41x14 Owned by E. A. Woodward, Winnipeg 1922; H. S. Scarth, Winnipeg 1923 (Operated by Canada Steamship Lines). Built by Tidewater Shipbuilders Ltd., ...
  • Wesee (1901)
    Ship       Official No.: 138574; Previous Registration: U.S.A. (1921) 266x42x23 Owned by Massey & Gatfield, Sandwich Ont., operated by Border Transit Co., 1920-1923. Destroyed by fire 11/11/23 Lake Erie. ; Final Location: Lake Erie, Burnt
    Ship     Official No.: 138574; Previous Registration: U.S.A. (1921) 266x42x23 Owned by Massey & Gatfield, Sandwich Ont., operated by Border Transit Co., 1920-1923. Destroyed by fire 11/11/23 Lake Erie. ; Final Location: ...
  • Commerce of Lake Erie
    NewspaperText  New York Spectator (New York, NY), 25 Dec 1827, p. 1    

    From the Buffalo Journal

    Commerce of Lake Erie.--By a statement furnished by the officers of the Custom-House, at this port, and published in the Gazette, it appears that the number of American vessels employed in the commerce of the upper Lakes, ...

    NewspaperText  New York Spectator (New York, NY), 25 Dec 1827, p. 1  

    From the Buffalo Journal

    Commerce of Lake Erie.--By a statement furnished by the officers of the Custom-House, at this port, and published in the Gazette, it appears that the ...

  • Lake Erie Coast Chart No. 4. Conneaut to Chagrin River, 1913
    Image       "War Department, Corps of Engineers, Survey of the Northern and Northwestern Lakes, Made in obedience to acts of Congress and orders from Headquarters Corps of Engineers, U. S. Army. Lake Erie Coast Chart No. 4 Conneaut to Chagrin River Projected from a trigonometrical Survey executed under the direction of Major ...
    Image     "War Department, Corps of Engineers, Survey of the Northern and Northwestern Lakes, Made in obedience to acts of Congress and orders from Headquarters Corps of Engineers, U. S. Army. Lake ...
  • Case (1889)
    Ship       Other Names: James C. Lockwood; Official No.: 126198; Previous Registration: U.S.A. (1915) as James C. Lockwood 286x43x22 Owned by J. Willoughby, Windsor 1914; Garfield & Misener, Sandwich Ont. 1915. Built by Quayle & Son, Cleveland Ohio 1889. Engine 20-32-52x40 by Cleveland Shipbuilding Co. Wrecked 01/05/17 on Lake Erie. ; Final ...
    Ship     Other Names: James C. Lockwood; Official No.: 126198; Previous Registration: U.S.A. (1915) as James C. Lockwood 286x43x22 Owned by J. Willoughby, Windsor 1914; Garfield & Misener, Sandwich Ont. 1915. Built ...
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