Everyone knows the effect that the Great Depression had on the lake shipping industry. Starting in 1930, ships began going to the wall and by 1932 things looked very black indeed. However, the autumn of 1929 was a good one for the vessel operators as the following passages, only a few days before the Market Crash, will show. What we wouldn't give to go back to that day, adding a good camera and a motorboat to the river scene.
MUNISING, 6:15 P.M.; FRANKCLIFFE HALL, 7:00; W. C. RICHARDSON, 7:20; MYRON C. TAYLOR, 7:30; KING, 7:50; JAY C. MORSE, 7:50; GENERAL ORLANDO M. POE, 8:30; MICHAEL GALLAGHER, 8:30; GUARDIAN and barge MAIDA, 9:10; S. B. COOLIDGE, 9:15; GEORGE W. PERKINS, 9:20; LEHIGH, 9:20; ADAM E.CORNELIUS, 9:50; AMASA STONE, 10:00; WILLIAM B. DICKSON, 10:00; R. L. AGASSIZ, 10:05; R. R. RICHARDSON, 10:10; A. E. NETTLETON, 10:30; WILLIAM C. ATWATER, 11:30; HARVEY D. GOULDER, 11:40.
DOUGLASS HOUGHTON, 1:45 A.M.; C. T. JAFFRAY, 1:50; WILLIAM G. CLYDE, 1:50; VICTORY, 1:50; CANADOC, 2:20; SUMATRA, 2:30; GEORGE F. BAKER, 2:40; HERBERT F. BLACK, 2:40; JOHN J. BOLAND, 3:15; CORVUS, 3:40; FRANK E. TAPLIN, 4:20; SIMON J. MURPHY, 4:40; THOMAS LYNCH, 5:40; JAMES DAVIDSON, 6:30; THOMAS WALTERS, 7:55; CLEMENS A. REISS, 8:00; WILLIS L. KING, 9:05; ROBERT W. STEWART, 9:25; HENRY STEINBRENNER, 9:30; SHENANGO, 10:00; GENERAL GARRETSON, 10:30; WILLIAM P. PALMER, 11:00; CHICAGO, 2:50 P.M.; RENSSELAER, 3:50; barge MAGNA, 3:50; MICHIGAN, 3:50; NEPTUNE, 4:00; COLONEL E. M. YOUNG, 4:35; COL. JAMES M. SCHOONMAKER, 5:20; SAMUEL F. B. MORSE, 5:30.
MacGILVRAY SHIRAS, 12:50 A.M.; T. W. ROBINSON, 1:10; WESTMOUNT, 2:00; HENRY C. FRICK, 2:30; WILLIAM J. FILBERT, 3:00; THOMAS F. COLE, 3:15; 0. S. McFARLAND, 3:20; AUGUSTUS B. WOLVIN, 4:30; PERCIVAL ROBERTS JR., 4:40; FRANK SEITHER, 5:15; ISHPEMING, 5:25; CHARLES HUBBARD, 6:15; ALVA C. DINKEY, 6:35; SIERRA, 6:35; MICHAEL J. BARTELME, 6:40; SUMATRA, 7:15; JOHN J. O'HAGAN 7:30; JOHN P. REISS, 8:25; JOSEPH P. BURKE, 9:00; BUTTERCUP and barge LAKE FREELAND 9:20; THOMAS BRITT, 9:50; H. A. SCANDRETT, 10:05; BETHLEHEM, 10:10; JOHN O. McKELLAR, 11:50; ANGELINE, 12:15 P.M.; WILLIAM B. SCHILLER, 12:20; BARKHAMSTEAD and barge SAGAMORE, 12:45; SAMUEL MATHER, 1:45; FRANK C. GOODYEAR, 2:00.
By the way, in view of the current scarcity of passages in today's newspapers, our readers may be interested to know that in 1929, the papers were regularly publishing passages, arrivals and clearances from Conneaut, Huron, Lorain, Toledo, Indiana Harbor, Ashtabula, Buffalo, Sandusky, South Chicago, Gary, Escanaba, Fort William, Ashland, Duluth, Two Harbors, Fairport, Marquette, Cleveland, Detroit, Port Huron, Port Colborne, Montreal, Toronto, Hamilton, Kingston, Sheboygan, Mackinaw City and Sault Ste. Marie, plus a number of other ports.
Reproduced for the Web with the permission of the Toronto Marine Historical Society.