The Side-Wheeler Steamboats on Michigan’s Saginaw River

East Saginaw and Bay City Line

Side-wheeler steamers were used across the Great Lakes well into the late 1800s. The East Saginaw and Bay City line ran on Michigan’s Saginaw River.

The Wreck of the Iron Chief

The picture post on our sister site about the huge dock in Forrestville gives rise to the question. Why did they name the boathouse the Iron Chief? A little exploring showed that there indeed was a ship with this unusual name but she was not made out of iron. Today, she lays in over a hundred feet of water off the shore of the Grindstone City in the Thumb Area Bottomland Preserve

Great Lakes Ship Building

Ship Compass

I recently ran across an online resource for Great Lakes Shipping enthusiasts.  The Fr. Edward J. Dowling, S.J. Marine Historical Collection offers an ever-expanding data set of ships, Great Lakes ship building and ship names that span back to the 1830s. Its a fascinating resource for Great Lakes shipbuilding. “The collection also contains 52 notebooks filled … Read more Great Lakes Ship Building