150 years ago these Lumber Schooners were the Semi Trucks of the day. They were a common sight in the Saginaw and Tawas Area.

Images of the Great Lakes maritime history

A Great Lakes Lumber Schooner.
The Lucinda with a load of lumber from the sawmill

 

 Five Great Lakes Lumber Schooners

Name

Lumberman

Alvin Clark

Fleetwing

Rouse

Simmons

Burt Barnes

Type of Ship

3-masted Schooner

Schooner

Schooner

3-masted Schooner

Schooner

Date Built

1862

1846-47

1867

1868

1882

Place Built

Blendon Landing, MI

Truago (Trenton), MI

Manitowoc, WI

Milwaukee, WI

Manitowoc, WI

Date Sunk

1893

1864

1888

1912

1926

Place Sunk

Oak Creek, WI

Green Bay, WI

Green Bay, WI

Two Rivers, WI

Lake Ontario

Length

127 ft

105 ft, 8 in

136 ft

123.5 ft

95.42 ft

Breadth

24 ft

24 ft, 4 in

28.5 ft

27.6 ft

24.42 ft

Depth

7 ft

9 ft, 4 in

11.6 ft

8.4 ft

7.25 ft

Tonnage

160 gross tons, 152 net tons, 204 tons (old style)

218 tons (old style)

426 tons (old style)

205 gross tons, 195 net tons

134 gross tons, 127 net tons

Centerboard

2, Centered

1, Offset-port

1, Centered

2, Centered (?)

1, Centered(?)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schooner Burt Barnes built in 1882 LOA 95 ft draft board up 7.25 ft
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