Maritime History of the Great Lakes
The Sailing Schooner
Cape Vincent Eagle (Cape Vincent, NY), 8 Apr 1915
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The Sailing Schooner
Will Soon Be a Thing of the Past On the Great Lakes

The indications are that is only a matter of time, and a short time at that, when the sailing vessel will have disappeared completely from the Great Lakes. During the past few years the only trade they have been engaged in has been carrying lumber on some of the upper lakes and coal on Lake Ontario.

The smaller steamers, which have greater capacity and can make better time, have been slowly but surely crowded the sailing vessel out of this trade, until now there are but a very few left of the great fleet that at one time dotted the lakes during the months of navigation.

The passing of the sailing vessel was indicated some years ago when schooners which had been made famous in former years as smart boats and good carriers began to come into port, stripped of their canvas and with their masts cut down, at the end of a tow-line behind a tug or as a consort to some small steamer. That was the handwriting on the wall.

Another sure indication was the fact that no new boats of this class were being built to replace those destroyed. Men who had made fortunes in sailing schooners refused to invest ay more money in them. They either retired altogether from the commerce of the lakes or put their money in steamboats.

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8 Apr 1915
Richard Palmer Collection
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.7440483369472 Longitude: -76.717529296875
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The Sailing Schooner