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  • Most Daring Feat
    Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 7 Dec 1897     *This was the loss of the schooner MINNEHAHA (US#91220) October 14, 1893, on Lake Michigan. Capt. Packer put the schooner on the beach near Onekama, Mich. in a 90-mph gale in an attempt to save her, but she broke up quickly and he was the only survivor of a crew ...
    Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 7 Dec 1897   *This was the loss of the schooner MINNEHAHA (US#91220) October 14, 1893, ...
  • Blast is Probed
    Lima News, 27 Mar 1922     Four Killed in Ferry Boat Explosion in Michigan PORT HURON, Mich - Associated Press) - Three investigations were under way here today in the boiler explosion that Sunday afternoon destroyed the Port Huron-Sarnia, Ontario ferry OMAR D. CONGER, causing four deaths, bringing ...
    Lima News, 27 Mar 1922   Four Killed in Ferry Boat Explosion in Michigan PORT HURON, Mich - ...
  • Froze in the Ice.
    Boulder Daily Camera, 11 Jan 1893     Port Huron, Mich., Jan, 10 - The steamer OMAR D. CONGER of the Sarnia and Port Huron ferry lines became fast in the ice in St. Clair river last night with 20 passengers on board. The passengers are gradually being got ashore this morning after a wild night and without ...
    Boulder Daily Camera, 11 Jan 1893   Port Huron, Mich., Jan, 10 - The steamer OMAR D. CONGER of ...
  • Tug Marine City is Fitting Out
    Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 18 Sep 1923     Port Huron, Mich., Sept. 17. - The tug MARINE CITY, built for the United States government during the war at the McLouth shipyard in Marine City was towed to Detroit Sunday to be equipped with boilers and machinery. The tug has been sold twice since the war to private parties ...
    Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 18 Sep 1923   Port Huron, Mich., Sept. 17. - The tug MARINE CITY, built for ...
  • Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), November 15, 1867
        The process of setting an anchor away from a vessel and then hauling on the cable to bring the vessel up to it is called kedging. The technique was often used to release a stranded vessel. Many vessels even carried a relatively light anchor, called a kedge, specifically for the ...
      The process of setting an anchor away from a vessel and then ...
  • Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), October 23, 1867
        This is something you didn't see very often in the old newspapers - a correction. Or is it? In the first article [17 Oct 1867], the marine reporter obviously had some trepidation about challenging the story from another paper. Insurance underwriters' lists probably didn't show the 1832 Gazelle (1864 list ...
      This is something you didn't see very often in the old newspapers ...
  • Oswego Advertiser & Times (Oswego, NY), Nov. 19, 1869
        Oswego Harbor. - John Austen photographed the harbor a few days since, when the river was spanned by shipping below the bridge and the lower harbor was filled with craft of all kinds. The view is taken from an eminence on Oneida street, and presents a portion of the trestle-work ...
      Oswego Harbor. - John Austen photographed the harbor a few days since, ...
  • Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), November 20, 1872
        ... schooner: 152 feet keel by 30 feet beam, by 11 feet depth of hold. She lasted...
      ... schooner: 152 feet keel by 30 feet beam, by 11 feet ...
  • Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), November 27, 1867 (Wednesday)
        THE FOG - The smoky weather of the past few days has grossly impeded the movements of the lower lakes fleet, and there is reason to fear has caused numerous disasters in the vicinity of the Straits. The captains of propellers which arrived here Saturday evening and yesterday report ...
      THE FOG - The smoky weather of the past few days has ...
  • Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 8 July, 1868
        The travails of the ANNIE VOUGHT and R. G. WINSLOW were among the incidents cited in the appeal to the government to build a light station on Spectacle Reef. The reef lies a few feet below the surface just about dead center in the eastern approach to the Straits of ...
      The travails of the ANNIE VOUGHT and R. G. WINSLOW were among ...
  • Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 25 June, 1868
        THE CHICORA. - This redoubtable blockade runner, whose arrival we noticed a few days since, is in Mason & Bidwell's dry dock. Her sections have been put together. They were taken apart by ...
      THE CHICORA. - This redoubtable blockade runner, whose arrival we noticed a ...
  • Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 17 June, 1868
        Unfortunately, the microfilm of this interesting article on a famous laker was printed in the gutter of the paper and was sewn into a bound volume, which was later microfilmed. As a result, the end of each line is missing. Some words are extrapolated, but anything that is not easily ...
      Unfortunately, the microfilm of this interesting article on a famous laker was ...
  • Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 5 Jun, 1868
        LAKE TRAFFIC IN THE OLDEN TIME. -The Cleveland Herald of the 29th published an interesting letter from Usher Parsons, one of the four surviving heroes of <name reg="Perry, Oliver Hazard" ...
      LAKE TRAFFIC IN THE OLDEN TIME. -The Cleveland Herald of the 29th ...
  • Oswego Free Press (Oswego, NY), Aug. 22, 1832
        Harbour Improvements It will be seen, from what follows, that the people of Jefferson county are inquiring why King Andrew refused to sign the bill for the improvement ...
      Harbour Improvements It will be seen, from what follows, that the people ...
  • Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Jun 14, 1868
        Secretary McCulloch writes the following to the owner of the propeller Dictator, which is applicable as well to other vessels over fifty tons burden: Sir - In reply to ...
      Secretary McCulloch writes the following to the owner of the propeller Dictator, ...
  • Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Apr. 18, 1868
        "Tower's Light" on Lake Huron probably referes to TAWAS light. Most - but not all - of these projects were completed during 1868. More information can be obtained on many of the lights mentioned at: http://www.cr.nps.gov/maritime/ltsum.htm...
      "Tower's Light" on Lake Huron probably referes to TAWAS light. Most - ...
  • Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), June 17, 1868
        NEW STYLE OF PROPELLER. - The Toledo Blade, commenting upon a new improvement which, it is claimed, will revolutionize the system of propulsion by steam, was in error in part of its description. The inventor's plan is four iron ...
      NEW STYLE OF PROPELLER. - The Toledo Blade, commenting upon a new ...
  • Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 25 July 1868, page 4
        Column 6 Perhaps most interesting is the fact that the 1852 wreck of the ATLANTIC, near the center of the lake, was visible from the surface! The ARCTURUS was later recovered. She had only been there since the previous fall...
      Column 6 Perhaps most interesting is the fact that the 1852 wreck ...
  • Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 7 Jun, 1868
        Whether this was ever resolved or not, the VICTORIA was still listed as both a Canadian vessel and an American vessel when she was wrecked at Oswego, three years later. ...
      Whether this was ever resolved or not, the VICTORIA was still listed ...
  • Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 15 Jun, 1868
        Anyone who has read the Tom Clancy book "The Hunt For Red October" will recognize the basic idea of this propulsion system. The original Toledo Blade article has an error in it, which is corrected in a followup article. ...
      Anyone who has read the Tom Clancy book "The Hunt For Red ...
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