Bulletin of the Northern and Northwestern Lake Survey Volume 25
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1916 edition. Excerpt: ...the Great Lakes between Chicago, Duluth and Buffalo, the so-called 20 and 21-foot channel begun in 1892, has permitted the introduction of larger vessels and correspondingly increased draft, which can pass with safety and speed through Iake Huron, a distance of 220 miles between Fort Gratiot and Detour at the mouth of St. Marys River, and 243 miles between Fort Gratiot and the Straits of Mackinac. i Local Traflic--Harbors and Improved Channels. Rockport and Calcite are the only ports along the west coast of Lake Huron with suflicient depth of water to accommodate the largest vessels for loading and unloading. Both these harbors have been created by and for interests engaged in the limestone trade, which is now of large proportions and utilizes large-type vessels for shipping purposes. Other wise, the local traffic along the west shore is carried mostly in medium-sized vessels, lumber barges, schooners, lake tugs, and passenger boats. Between Fort Gratiot and Pointe aux Barques there are a number of private piers or wharves built out from the shore into deep water, where landings may be made in favorable weather. Within this reach the lake bottom is composed of rocks and bowlders except at Harbor Beach harbor of refuge, formerly and appropriately known as Sand Beach Harbor because it was the only sandy beach found between Fort Gratiot and Saginaw Bay, and therefore afforded good anchorage for small vessels. As improved by the United States, this harbor has a sheltered area of 650 acres, in about 119 acres of which there is an available depth of 20 feet; but it is seldom used as a refuge by the largest craft, which have been vont to weather violent storms in midlake. The course across the mouth of Saginaw Bay from Pointe aux Barques to Au...
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