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Article 334 Dave Petersen This week we will turn again to some pictures in Jim Fay's collection of other types of ships that sailed the Great Lakes 100 years ago. If you have photographs to share with our readers please contact me at 757-3240, e-mail to davep@blackcreekpress.com, or mail in care of the Ludington Daily News, P.O. Box 340, Ludington, MI, 49431 Pic1 The Langell Boys is another one of the lumber hookers that were so plentiful on the Great lakes 100 years ago. Built by Simon Langell in St. Clair Michigan in 1890 the ship served on the lakes until June 13th 1931 when she caught fire and sank off Au Sable Michigan. The US Coast Guard made the ship and rescued the crew of 12 in time. Pic2 The W.B. Morley is under tow by an unknown tugboat. Built in 1888 by Morley and Hill at Marine City, the Morely is another good example of an early (as we call them) lower laker, or long boat. 277 feet of steel hull construction at a time when many boats were still being constructed of wood. The boat was stranded October 1st 1918 in Lake Superior off Pointe Au Sable. Pic3 The John Craig was built by John Craig in Trenton Michigan in 1888. At 275 feet in length it was a huge ship at the time for transporting goods on the Great Lakes. The Craig sprung a leak in Lake Superior and went onshore in 1906 near Ontagon Michigan. Pic4 The Tasmania is being towed by the Tug A.W. Colton. Built in 1871 as the James Couch and renamed the Tasmania in 1890 after a rebuild in Cleveland she was a 3 masted Schooner. The ship foundered in Lake Erie October 20th 1905 with all hands lost. She was in tow by the propeller Bulgaria and Schooner Ashland at the time of loss. Pic5 The Albert Soper is taking on a load of lumber here, the deck is loaded in a fashion similar to the Marshall Butters when that boat sank in Lake Erie in the Black Friday storm of 1916 after the lumber shifted and the boat foundered. The Soper was built in Grand Haven in 1881 at 143 feet by 28 she was similar in size to our Black Boats. The Soper sank in the Governors Harbor the British West Indies in 1920. Pic6 The T.S. Christie at the Soo locks, note the Whaleboat to the left of the picture. The Christie was built in 1885 F.W. Wheeler and Company in Bay City. The boat was 160 x 30 feet in width but was cut down the following year to a reduced tonnage. The Christie was stranded in 1933 about 4 miles north of Manistee, the crew was rescued but the boat was a total loss.

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