Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chicago River
Description
Mystery Question
What is the vessel lying along the port side of the JAPAN?
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Item Type
Stereographs
Description
Stereoview of a busy Chicago River. The bridge in the foreground left is just swinging out as a tug tows a schooner towards it. The iron hulled propeller to the right is the JAPAN of ERIE, a member of the Erie and Western Transit Company's Anchor Line (the anchor on the flag on her foremast is another clue). Both sides of the river are lined with a forest of masts.
Notes
JAPAN was launched in 1871, but normally ran out of Detroit for Lake Superior ports. The picture appears to date from before the Chicago fire of 1872.
Inscriptions
"American Views"
Penciled on the back: "Chicago River"
Date of Original
c1871
Dimensions
Width: 17.6 cm
Height: 8.6 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
771
Language of Item
English
Geographic Coverage
  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.8886369379605 Longitude: -87.6233911514282
Copyright Statement
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
Contact
Maritime History of the Great Lakes
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Chicago River


Stereoview of a busy Chicago River. The bridge in the foreground left is just swinging out as a tug tows a schooner towards it. The iron hulled propeller to the right is the JAPAN of ERIE, a member of the Erie and Western Transit Company's Anchor Line (the anchor on the flag on her foremast is another clue). Both sides of the river are lined with a forest of masts.