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I don’t usually think of the Great Lakes as schooner territory, but that’s a misperception:  before rail and roads, these moved cargo around the northern midwest.

SV Denis Sullivan has been down bound as far as Quebec City this summer for the tall ships’ render-vous.    Has Sullivan ever seen saltier water beyond Quebec City?

Just as she approached, she started dropping sail, starting with the headsails

and moving astern. Here a crew flakes the foresail as it is lowered.

A little math with an assumption that Sullivan–a replica, I know– could carry 400 tons of ore sound like a way to get in trouble:

anyhow, if my assumption were correct, it would take 170 schooners to carry the same amount of ore as Paul R. Tregurtha, right?

Here, using signage from the Chicago Maritime Museum, is a little context.

“lumbershovers”??  A a ferry might hire peopleshovers?

Photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

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