Chapter 33
After the War of 1812
Table of Contents

Title Page
1 Introductory
2 Geological
3 Poetry of the Lakes
4 Description
5 The Aborigines
6 French Discovery and occupation
7 Story of La Salle and the Griffin
8 Struggle for Possession
9 Under English Rule
10 Beginnings of Lake Commerce
11 War of 1812
12 War of 1812, Continued
13 War of 1812, Concluded
14 Growth of Traffic
Commerce Through St. Mary's Canals
15 Early Navigation on Lake Superior
16 The Convention of 1847
17 A Half Century Ago
18 Lake Canals
19 Lake Canals, Concluded
20 Harbors
21 Lighthouses
22 Life Saving Service
23 Development of Lake Vessels
24 The Lake Carriers
25 The Sailor
26 Navigation
27 Lumber Traffic
28 Grain Traffic
29 Coal Traffic
30 Iron Ore and Iron Industries
31 Miscellaneous
33 CHRONOLOGY.The Beginnings
33 After the War of 1812
34 1821-1830
35 1831-1840
36 1841-1850
37 1851-1860
38 1861-1870
39 1871-1880
40 1881-1890
41 1891-1898
42 List of Lake Vessels
Table of Illustrations


Last Year of the War. -- At the beginning of 1815, war was still active in the region of the Great Lakes. At Sacket's Harbor, January 5, six hundred ship carpenters were at work on boats under the direction of Mr. Brown.

In 1815 Porter, Barton & Co. built a warehouse at Black Rock, nearly opposite where the Queen City mills afterward stood.

The building of the Frontenac, a Canadian steamer, was begun in October, 1815, advertisements having been published asking for tenders to build the boat. These advertisements were answered by two parties -- one a Scotchman named Bruce, of Montreal, the other being Henry Teabout, of Sacket's Harbor. After some little delay in considering the propositions, that of the latter was accepted. Mr. Teabout, who was making a bid for a company of which he was a member, after a couple of days spent in looking around for a proper site, selected Finkle's Point in consequence of the gravelly nature of the shore. Mr. Teabout was thoroughly qualified to build this boat, having served his apprenticeship with that remarkable man, Henry Eckford, who built the American fleet of vessels at Sacket's Harbor during the war of 1812. The other members of his company were James Chapman and William Smith. This shipbuilding firm had then recently built at Sacket's Harbor a vessel named the Kingston, which was the only craft plying between Kingston and Sacket's Harbor, and they had also built a fine schooner named the Woolsey.

Other Events of 1815. -- May 23: Waters of Lake Erie the highest ever reported. July 17: Brig Caledonia and schooner Amelia go to Erie for rebuild. August 10: Schooner Lady of the Lake ashore near Cleveland during a gale. Cargo seriously damaged. Boat condemned for repair, and towed to Cleveland for rebuild. September 2: Schooner Tecumseh severely damaged during a storm near Point Albino. October 25: Schooner Julia in command of Captain Wilkinson, and owned by Capt. O. Coit, ashore while attempting to enter Buffalo creek in a storm. Schooner Weazel ashore near Buffalo. November 10: Schooner Experiment in command of Captain Lovejoy, ashore near Long Point. December 31: Sixty-four arrivals and clearances at Buffalo harbor during the season.


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Some of the transcription work was also done by Brendon Baillod, who maintains an excellent guide to Great Lakes Shipwreck Research.