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John E. Poole Collection - GLMS 15

Introduction | Biographical Sketch | Scope and Contents | Series Description | Inventory

Introduction

The John E. Poole Collection was donated to the Historical Collections of the Great Lakes by the Marine Historical Society of Detroit on February 6, 1989. Literary and property rights have been dedicated to the public. Photocopying is permitted for purposes of preservation and scholarly research. Final processing was completed in March 1992 by Mark J. Barnes to put the collection in its current form of 24.5 cubic feet.

Biographical Sketch

John E. Poole was born in southern New York on April 21, 1884. Poole's family moved to Mackinac Island, Michigan in 1895 when his father, Samuel Bayard Poole, began employment as the assistant superintendent for the park on the island. In 1901 the Pooles bought the Iroquois Hotel on Mackinac Island and managed it for 21 years.

John Poole attended Union High School on Mackinac Island, graduating in 1901. Poole enrolled in Michigan State College during 1902 and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1906.

Poole's professional career began with employment by the Western Electric Company from 1906 to 1913. A teaching career in Mechanical Arts at the high school level was initiated at East Chicago, Indiana in 1913 Cicero, Illinois for 1913-1915, and West Allis, Wisconsin for 1915-1918.

Employment with the Emergency Fleet Corporation led Poole to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1918. After World War I, Poole worked as a safety engineer from 1919 to 1921. In 1921 he began teaching veterans technological skills for the Veterans' Bureau. This job lasted until 1925. From 1925 to 1926 Poole sold real estate.

An opportunity to work for the Ford Motor Company brought Poole back to Michigan in 1926. A series of other engineering jobs followed for short periods during the Depression. In 1940 a teaching position with Lincoln High School in Van Dyke, Michigan began and brought a job Poole retained until his death on June 19, 1954 at age 70.

Throughout his working life, Poole continued to amass data on maritime issues to add to information he began compiling in 1898 while living on Mackinac Island. By the early 1950s John Poole was a recognized historian of the Great Lakes fleet and vessel design. He served as a consultant for the book Ships that Never Die and other marine oriented research projects. Mrs. Queen Poole, John Poole's wife, assisted in preserving the collection by donating it in 1956 to the Marine Historical Society of Detroit.

Scope and Content

In its 24.5 cubic feet, the John E. Poole Collection documents vessels used on the Great Lakes and in ocean commerce. Through scrapbooks of clippings, extensive loose clippings files, handwritten research notes obtained from numerous sources, vessel log books, and a 60,000-item card file, John E. Poole compiled a wealth of historical information on marine transportation in the United States and Canada. Poole's files document events from the period 1814-1958.

The scrapbooks contain clippings on ocean vessels that were collected by Poole to form an illustrated record of vessels from c. 1890-1930. The loose clippings also include illustrations, but are extensively oriented toward articles from publications for the years 1930-1958. The research notes are drawn heavily from newspaper articles, but are also derived from other published and unpublished sources in exploring events from 1814-1853. Captain's, Deck, and Engineer's logs offer insights into daily activities on lake vessels for the years 1912-1950. The alphabetically arranged card index is a frequently consulted reference source for vessel history information.

Series Description

SCRAPBOOKS AND SCRAPBOOK MATERIALS

Series 1: Scrapbooks
(Boxes 1-2) 1 cubic foot
Series contains two titled scrapbooks and one that is untitled. Included are pictures and articles on ocean vessels clipped from publications. Scrapbook one is called Ocean Vessels and dates from c. 1890-1930. Scrapbook two is entitled Navy Vessels: Great Britain, Austria, Germany. This volume dates from c. 1900-1920. Volume one is arranged numerically by page numbers from 1,015 to 1,995 with numerous gaps. No index is present to direct readers to specific vessels. Scrapbook two has neither page numbers nor an index. Scrapbook three dates from c. 1918-1922. Portions of scrapbook three are paginated, but there is no index.

Series 2: Newsclippings
(Boxes 3-7) 2.5 cubic feet
Series contains newsclippings regarding Great Lakes and Ocean vessels from the period 1930-1958. The files vary in subject from vessels such as the AQUARAMA or ANDREA DORIA to subjects such as Great Lakes Tugboats. Biographical information on John E. Poole is present in Box 6, Folder 6. Arrangement is alphabetical by subject.

LITERARY

Series 3: Research Notes
(Boxes 8-14, microfilm rolls 1-2) 3.5 cubic feet
Series contains handwritten notes, clipped illustrations, and articles regarding John Poole's research on Great Lakes vessels and related subjects. The notes are subdivided into the following subseries:

  1. Notes on the publication American Ocean Steamships (Box 8)
  2. Notes on the publication Great Lakes Steamships (Box 9)
  3. Notes taken from titled works (Boxes 10-12); and
  4. Notes taken on alphabetical subjects (Boxes 13-14); Microfilmed notes (Rolls 1-2).

The content of the subseries may include information on particular vessels, types of lake boats, or on subjects related to vessel traffic. Events covered in the notes span the period 1814-1953. Arrangement for subseries 1 and 2 is numerical by page number. For subseries 3 and 4 arrangement is alphabetical. Subseries 5 is chronologically arranged.

REPORTS

Series 4: Log Books
(Boxes 15-35) 10.5 cubic feet
Series contains log books for 11 Great Lakes vessels. Included are the CITY OF CLEVELAND, CITY OF DETROIT, CITY OF DETROIT III, EASTERN STATES, GREATER DETROIT, GREYHOUND, JUNEAU, WESTERN STATES, and three unknown vessels. The log books for these boats generally appear as Captain's Logs, Deck Logs, and Engineer's Logs. The series covers the years 1912-1950. Arrangement is alphabetical by vessel name.

INDEX

Series 5: Card File
(c. 60,000 items) 7 cubic feet
Series contains a card file on Great Lakes vessels maintained by John E. Poole to record the history of each boat. Entries are handwritten. Commonly recorded are dates and places of build, dimensions, owners, and incidents of note such as military assignments or sinkings. Arrangement is alphabetical by vessel name.

Inventory

Box 1

Folders

  1. Ocean Vessels, c. 1890-1930
  2. Navy Vessels; Great Britain, Austria, and Germany, c. 1900-1920

Box 2

Folders

  1. Untitled, vessels from 1921
  2. Untitled, vessels from 1918-1919
  3. Untitled, vessels from c. 1918-1922
  4. Untitled, vessels from c. 1918-1922
  5. Untitled, vessels from c. 1918-1922
  6. Untitled, vessels from c. 1918-1922
  7. Untitled, vessels from c. 1918-1922
  8. Untitled, vessels from c. 1918-1922
  9. Untitled, vessels from c. 1918-1922
  10. Untitled, vessels from c. 1918-1922
  11. Untitled, vessels from c. 1918-1922
  12. Untitled, vessels from c. 1918-1922
  13. Untitled, vessels from c. 1918-1922
  14. Untitled, vessels from c. 1918-1922
  15. Untitled, vessels from c. 1918-1922
  16. Untitled, vessels from c. 1918-1922
  17. Untitled, vessels from c. 1918-1922
  18. Untitled, vessels from c. 1918-1922
  19. Untitled, vessels from c. 1918-1922
  20. Untitled, vessels from c. 1918-1922
  21. Untitled, vessels from c. 1918-1922
  22. Untitled, vessels from c. 1918-1922
  23. Untitled, vessels from c. 1918-1922
  24. Untitled, blueprints for profile and plan of a steel seagoing cargo ship, n.d.

Box 3

Folders

  1. AQUARAMA, 1950s
  2. Atomic ships and Submarines, First Atomic Sub NAUTILUS, 1953-1957
  3. BENNINGTON Disaster, 1954
  4. A.M. BYERS and E.M. FORD Collision, 1936
  5. Coast Guard, 1940-1958
  6. Cort, Beverly Ann, 1946
  7. Detroit-Cleveland Navigation Company
  8. DORIA, ANDREA, sinking
  9. FLYING ENTERPRISE sinking, 1952
  10. Great Lakes - Disasters
  11. Great Lakes - Excursion Boats, c. 1940s
  12. Great Lakes - Icebreakers, 1940-1950s
  13. Great Lakes - Lighthouses and Lightships, 1940-1950

Box 4

Folders

  1. Great Lakes Review, 1940-1950
  2. Great Lakes Review, 1940-1950
  3. Great Lakes Review, 1940-1950
  4. Great Lakes Review, 1940-1950
  5. Great Lakes - Tugboats, 1950s
  6. Great Lakes - Vessels, c.1940-1050s

Box 5

Folders

  1. Mackinac Bridge Construction, c. 1950s
  2. Miscellaneous Clippings on Great Lakes Shipping
  3. Miscellaneous Clippings on Great Lakes Shipping
  4. Miscellaneous Clippings on Great Lakes Shipping
  5. Miscellaneous Clippings on Great Lakes Shipping
  6. Miscellaneous Clippings on Great Lakes Shipping
  7. Miscellaneous Clippings on Great Lakes Shipping

Box 6

Folders

  1. NORMANDIE Fire
  2. NORONIC Disaster, Sept. 17, 1949
  3. Oceangoing Vessels on the Great Lakes
  4. Photoclippings of Great Lakes Vessels, 1940-1950s
  5. Photoclippings of New Great Lakes Vessels, c. 1940-1950s
  6. Poole, John E., 1915-1956
  7. "Port and Marine" Articles by Stoddard White of the Detroit News, 1956-1957
  8. St. Lawrence Seaway, 1940-1950
  9. VACATIONLAND and Other Ferries, 1951
  10. WALLSCHIFF Salvaging, 1953
  11. J.T. WING, Schooner, c. 1940-1950
  12. World War II Submarines, Allied and Axis, 1930-1950

Box 7

Folders

  1. World War II Vessels, Allied
  2. World War II Vessels, Allied
  3. World War II Vessels, Allied
  4. World War II Vessels, Allied
  5. World War II Vessels, Allied
  6. World War II Vessels, Allied

Box 8

Folders

  1. Index for American Ocean Steamships, Pictures, and Launch Dates
  2. Pictures of Funnels and Flags of Principal Passenger Steamship Line, page no. 1-52, Ocean Steamships
  3. American Ocean Steamships, page no. 61-178
  4. American Ocean Steamships, page no. 178-352
  5. American Ocean and River Steamships and Sailing Vessel GEORGE W. WELLS, page no. 361-582
  6. American Ocean Steamships, page no. 583-693
  7. American Ocean Steamships, Ferry Steamers and Tugs, page no. 695-836
  8. Ocean, River, and Dredge Steamships; FLYING CLOUD Sailing Vessel, page no. 837-901
  9. Dredge, Ocean Steamships, Gas Engine Ferry, Sailing Ships, page no. 907-1175

Box 9

Folders

  1. Index for Great Lakes Steamships
  2. D and C Lake Line Steamships, page no. 2-15
  3. The Goodrich Transit Co. Steamships
  4. Northland, Northwest Steamship Co., Arnold Transit Co., Carferries
  5. Cleveland and Buffalo Steamship Co., Canadian-Pacific Railway, Northern Navigation Co., Port Huron-Duluth Steamship Co., Graham and Morton Line, Grand Trunk Line, People's Steamship Line
  6. White Star Line, Richelieu and Ontario Lines, New American Line, Niagara Navigation Co., Crosby Transportation Co., Chicago, Duluth and Georgian Bay Transit Co., Wisconsin
  7. Windsor and Pelee Steamship Co., Craig Shipbuilding Co., Detroit Passenger Fleet, The Niagara-St. Catharine's Line, Erie Railroad Lake Line, Pittsburgh Steamship Co.
  8. B.G. Freighters on the Great Lakes
  9. Steamships of the Great Lakes and Ocean, page no. 555-596
  10. Steamships, page no. 597-621
  11. Steamships, page no. 625-666
  12. Steamships, page no. 669-710
  13. Steamships, page no. 711-732
  14. Steamships, page no. 735-798
  15. Steamships and Sailing Vessels
  16. Steamships - Pictures, Deck Plans, and Launch Dates
  17. Miscellaneous Steamships and Tugs of the Great Lakes

Box 10

Folders

  1. American Railroad Journal, c. 1841
  2. American Steam Vessels
  3. American Steamers Built on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River Since their Introduction in 1816
  4. Annual Report of the Life Saving Service, 1877-1920
  5. Battle of Frenchtown
  6. Beeson's Marine Directory, 1893, 1889-1899, 1901-1906, 1909-1917
  7. Belgian Shiplover, 1953
  8. Blockade Running During the Civil War, Frances B.C. Bradley
  9. Boatman's Magazine
  10. Buffalo Commercial Advertiser, 1874-1876
  11. Bulletin of the Anthony Wayne Memorial Association, No. 2, 3, 4, 1944-1945
  12. Canada: An Encyclopedia of the Country, ed. by J. Castell Hopkins
  13. Canada and Its Provinces, Vol. II
  14. Canadian Dept. of Transport Annual Report, 1945-1946
  15. Canadian List of Ships for 1948, War Built Ships to Commercial Use
  16. Captain Ward
  17. Century of Sail and Steam on the Niagara River, A, by Barton Cumberland
  18. Cheboygan (Michigan) Democrat, 1894
  19. Christian Herald, 1878
  20. Cleveland Plain Dealer, 1946, 1950-1951
  21. County Officer, The, Nov. 1943
  22. Daily Northern Islander, 1856-1857
  23. DEARBORN, U.S.S.
  24. Dedication of Detroit Historical Museum, July 24, 1951
  25. Detroit A Generation Back
  26. Detroit Advertiser Tribune, 1863-1865, 1872
  27. Detroit City Directory, 1837, 1855
  28. Detroit Daily Advertiser (and Advertiser), 1840-1862
  29. Detroit Evening News, 1880
  30. Detroit Free Press, 1835-1838
  31. Detroit Free Press, 1845, 1849
  32. Detroit Free Press, 1857, 1860
  33. Detroit Free Press, 1861
  34. Detroit Free Press, 1841, 1862
  35. Detroit Free Press, 1863
  36. Detroit Free Press, 1866

Box 11

Folders

  1. Detroit Free Press, 1867-1870
  2. Detroit Free Press, 1871 on the Vessels INDIA, CHINA, JAPAN
  3. Detroit Free Press, 1872
  4. Detroit Free Press, 1873
  5. Detroit Free Press, 1874
  6. Detroit Free Press, 1875
  7. Detroit Free Press, 1877
  8. Detroit Free Press, 1878
  9. Detroit Free Press, 1888-1889
  10. Detroit Free Press, 1893
  11. Detroit Free Press, 1905-1909
  12. Detroit Free Press, 1929, 1932, 1938-1940
  13. Detroit Journal, 1896
  14. Detroit Journal and Advertiser, 1831-1834, 1839
  15. Detroit News, 1929
  16. Detroit Post, 1867
  17. Detroit Post, 1868
  18. Detroit Post, 1868
  19. Detroit Post, 1869
  20. Detroit Post, 1870
  21. Detroit Post, 1871-1872, 1874
  22. Detroit Tribune and Advertiser, 1866, 1869, 1872, 1875-1876
  23. Detroit Tribune, 1864
  24. Detroit's Own, Father Gabriel Richard
  25. Document #21, 25th Congress, 3rd Session on Steam Engines, 1839
  26. Dustrus, Oliver - Scrapbook

Box 12

Folders

  1. Early Memories of Saugatuck, Ml, by Mary Frances Heath, 1930
  2. Emigration
  3. Escanaba (Michigan) Daily Press, 1934
  4. First Ships from the Upper Lakes Going to Europe
  5. Fort Malden National Historic Park, Amherstberg, Ontario, 1949
  6. Freighters of Fortune, by Norman Beasley
  7. Freshwater, by George A. Cuthbertson
  8. Friendly Neighbors Along the Lower Detroit River
  9. Great Lakes History, Vol. 1
  10. Great Lakes Red Book, 1937
  11. Hall, Capt. J.W. - Propeller Information, 1877
  12. Harper's Weekly
  13. Historic Chicora, by E.T. Brown
  14. Historical Society of Michigan Newsletter, 1949-1953
  15. History of Erie County, Ohio, by Lewis Cass Aldrich, 1889
  16. History of the Great Lakes
  17. History of Monroe County, by Robert B. Eldridge, 1905; History of Monroe County by Evarts, Erwyn, and Evarts, 1877
  18. Hobbes Magazine
  19. Honorable Peter White, The, 1905
  20. Hunt's Merchant Magazine
  21. Inland Lloyd's Register, 1891
  22. IO TRIUMPHE, Albon College Alumni Association, July 1945
  23. Lake Erie Breeze, The, 1944
  24. Lasley Home Register, 1848-1863
  25. Lloyd's Register of Ships, 1931-1932, 1935-1938, 1940, 1947-1950, 1935-1936
  26. London Illustrated News, 1854
  27. Mail and Passenger Steamships of the 19th Century, by Capt. Parker
  28. Marine Disasters on Western Lakes, Capt. J.W. Hall, 1872, 1877
  29. Marine Engineering and Shipping Review, 1937, 1940-1943
  30. Marine News, 1920-1930
  31. Marine News, 1930-1931, 1936-1944, 1952
  32. Marine Review, 1920, 1930-1931
  33. Memoir of Capt. Samuel Ward
  34. Michigan Gazetteer (State of), 1838
  35. Michigan Herald, 1825
  36. Michigan History, Vol. 2, 1918
  37. MICHIGAN, U.S.S.
  38. Monroe Times (Arrivals and Departures), 1836
  39. Motor Boat, Dec. 1844
  40. Official Records of Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Series I, Vol. 5
  41. Our Inland Seas, James C. Mills, 1910
  42. Owen Sound (Ontario) Sun Times, 1943
  43. Portrait of Anthony Wayne, A, 1948
  44. Railway News, 1942, n.d.
  45. Republican News (St. Ignace, Michigan), 1943-1945, 1948-1949
  46. St. Ignace Enterprise, 1899
  47. Shipbuilding and Transportation on the Great Lakes, by Joseph N. Oldham, 1897
  48. Shipping Register and Shipbuilding, 1943-1944, 1948
  49. Ships and Ship Models, 1933
  50. Solomon Sibley Manuscript
  51. Steamboat Days, by F.E. Dayton, 1925
  52. Steamboat Engines, Capt. J.W. Hall, 1877
  53. Story of the Pittsburgh Steamship and Railway Car Ferries, by Rev. Edward J. Dowling
  54. Supervisory Inspectors, Board of, for Steamships, 1863, 1868, 1870
  55. Toronto Globe (Schooner Days Column), 1932-1933
  56. Toronto Mail and Express, 1932
  57. Trip Through the Lakes and St. Lawrence River, J. Disturnell
  58. U.S. Government Report Numbers 95 and 96, World War II
  59. Wayne County, Michigan article
  60. Welcome Aboard the S.S. WILFRED SYKES, Flagship of the Inland Steel Fleet
  61. Wisconsin Historical Society, Vol. II
  62. Wrecks and Casualties on the Great Lakes, 1895-1897

Box 13

Folders

  1. American Naval Ships, 1898-1914
  2. Boat Changes, 1937
  3. Walter Butler Shipbuilding, Inc., Ship Construction History
  4. Canadian Built Vessels, 1943-1945
  5. Canadian Freighters, 1910-1922
  6. Cleveland Custom House Enrollments, 1850-1859
  7. Cleveland Library, Miscellaneous Notes From, 1934
  8. Collingwood, Ontario Ships Built for WW II
  9. Correspondence, 1936-1953
  10. Christening of the Tug S.M. Dean, Oct. 26, 1944
  11. Detroit Custom House Register and Enrollments, c. 1814-1875
  12. Detroit, List of Vessels Passing, Sept. 1932-1933
  13. Detroit Historical Society, Dedication of Museum of Great Lakes History
  14. Detroit Historical Society Letter and Data on the Venice of America Route
  15. EASTERN STATES Diagram
  16. 5,000 Tons Deadweight Fabricated Cargo Steamer Profile and Deck Plans
  17. Foreign Naval Ships, 1918-1919
  18. Foreign Naval Ships - English, French, German, Austrian, and Russian
  19. Foreign Ships on the Great Lakes, 1949-1953
  20. Dan Foster - Vessels Built at Marine City
  21. French Tonnage Destroyed During World War I and U.S. Seagoing Merchant Vessels, 1919
  22. George Newman Fuller Testimonial Dinner, June 22, 1946
  23. Great Lakes Captains and Sailors
  24. Great Lakes Vessels, 1905
  25. Great Lakes Vessels Built, 1850-1859
  26. Great Lakes Vessels Lost, 1904-1930
  27. Grosse Point, Michigan Golden Anniversary
  28. Interviews with Various Captains
  29. Lakers - Changed Names, 1930 List
  30. Lansing's Centennial Year, 1947
  31. Largest Steamers on Lakes, 1867-1872
  32. Largest Steamers Built on Lakes During War (21), 1942-1945
  33. William F. Lawler Memento, 1887-1943
  34. Laws of 1854, Chapter 332
  35. Lecture Notes
  36. List of Ships, 1861-1862
  37. List of Ships, U.S., 1874
  38. List of Ships, U.S., Annual, 1867-1872
  39. List of Ships, U.S., Preliminary, to 1867
  40. List of Ships, Vessels Built from 1860-1869
  41. Mackinac Island Notes, 1931, 1933
  42. Marine Iron and Shipbuilding Company, Duluth, Minnesota, Vessel Names and Launch Dates, 1941-1945
  43. Maumee Valley Historical Convention, Sept. 1940
  44. Merchant Fleet in Service on the Great Lakes, Segregated by Type, Size, Speed, Draft, Age, Propulsion, Feb. 21, 1931
  45. Merchant Vessels Sold for Scrapping by the Maritime Commission, Aug. 1946
  46. Michilimackinac Customs Records, 1830-1865
  47. Midland Shipyard, Ltd., List of Vessels and Year Built, 1941-1946
  48. MARY MORTON Notes, 1870
  49. Motor Vessels Built, 1900-1910
  50. Northern Transportation Co. - Certificate of Incorporation, Apr. 15, 1854
  51. Northern Transportation Co. and Northern Transit Co., 1845-1888
  52. Norwegian Tramps on the Great Lakes to June 12, 1936
  53. On 1900 and 1910 List, Disposition Not Known, 1932
  54. PLANET, Schooner, 1871 Resolution of Manitou County Board of Supervisors
  55. Poole, John E., Biographical Information
  56. Poole, John E., Personal Scrapbook

Box 14

Folders

  1. ROCHAMBEAU Drawings, Nov. 22, Nov. 29, Dec. 13, 1912
  2. Runge Notes, 1853-1892
  3. Shipping on the Upper Lakes, 1909
  4. Shipyard Hull List, c. 1890-1930
  5. Steam Marine of the Lakes, c. 1856-1857
  6. UNITED STATES, S.S., Sailing Schedule, 1965
  7. United States Shipping Board - Exact Location of All Ships in Which the U.S.S.B. is Interested, 1919
  8. United State Shipping Board, Plan of a Steel Seagoing Cargo Ship, Inboard and Outboard Profiles, 1917
  9. United States Shipping Board - Lake Built Ships List of 1934
  10. United States Shipping Board - Emergency Fleet Corporation Data, Sept. 15, 1918
  11. United States Shipping Board - Emergency Fleet Corporation, Nov. 15, 1918
  12. United States Shipping Board Ships, 1918-1930
  13. United States Shipping Board - List of Shipping Board Ships as of Jan. 1, 1920
  14. United States Shipping Board - Shipyards, 1918
  15. United States Shipping Board - Special Reports, 1917, 1923, 1926
  16. United States Shipping Board - Work Orders Cancelled or Suspended, 1918
  17. VACATIONLAND, Sea Trials, Dec. 8, 1951
  18. Vessels - Where Built, 1815-1845
  19. Vessels - Built by Year, 1814-1845
  20. Vessels - Histories
  21. Vessels - Masters, 1818-1845
  22. Vessels - Owners, 1818-1845
  23. Vessels - Owners, 1900-c.1920
  24. Vessels - Subjects, A-M
  25. Vessels - Subjects, N-Z
  26. Vessels - Subjects, Miscellaneous
  27. Vessels - Trading Out of Detroit, 1831-1832
  28. Vessels - Trading On the Lakes But Not at Detroit, 1831-1832
  29. Vessels - Trading at Mackinac, 1825-1826
  30. Walton, Ivan, Newsclippings
  31. E.B. Ward Fleet
  32. Western Transportation Co. - Certificate of Incorporation, Dec. 8, 1855
  33. World War I - Vessels Sunk by Mines Since Armistice; German Vessels Siezed by the U.S. Lost During the War
  34. World War II, Ships Lost

Microfilm

Roll 1: Notes on Great Lakes Vessels to 1859 - See Appendix A for Inventory

Roll 2: Notes on Great Lakes Vessels from 1860 to 1880 - See Appendix A for Inventory

Box 15

Folders

  1. CITY OF CLEVELAND, Captain's Log, June 17, 1932-July 7, 1939
  2. CITY OF DETROIT, Engineer's Log, June 28, 1912-Sept. 14, 1919

Box 16

Folders

  1. CITY OF DETROIT III, Captain's Log, Aug. 22, 1922-Oct. 29, 1933
  2. CITY OF DETROIT III, Captain's Log, May 23, 1932-May 14, 1940

Box 17

Folders

  1. CITY OF DETROIT III, Captain's Log, June 24, 1946-Sept. 12, 1948
  2. CITY OF DETROIT III, Deck Log, June 13, 1947-July 26, 1950
  3. CITY OF DETROIT III, Engineer's Log, Aug. 16, 1919-April 14, 1923

Box 18

Folders

  1. CITY OF DETROIT III, Engineer's Log, July 16, 1923-Sept. 23, 1935
  2. CITY OF DETROIT III, Engineer's Log, Oct. 17, 1927-Mar. 28, 1930

Box 19

Folders

  1. CITY OF DETROIT III, Engineer's Log, Sept. 24, 1935-Aug. 23, 1949
  2. CITY OF DETROIT III, Engineer's Log, July 20, 1935-Aug. 19, 1941

Box 20

Folders

  1. CITY OF DETROIT III, Engineer's Log, Aug. 20, 1941-Sept. 11, 1943
  2. CITY OF DETROIT III, Engineer's Log, March 29, 1945-Oct. 31, 1946
  3. CITY OF DETROIT III, Engineer's Log, Aug. 24, 1949-Aug. 30, 1950

Box 21

Folders

  1. EASTERN STATES, Captain's Log, May 7, 1917-June 29, 1919
  2. EASTERN STATES, Captain's Log, Aug. 3, 1921-Oct. 1, 1922
  3. EASTERN STATES, Captain's Log, Oct. 12, 1922-Nov. 28, 1930

Box 22

Folders

  1. EASTERN STATES, Captain's Log, June 1, 1929-Sept. 1, 1944
  2. EASTERN STATES, Captain's Log, Mar. 31, 1931-Sept. 14, 1934

Box 23

Folders

  1. EASTERN STATES, Captain's Log, Sept. 15, 1934-Sept. 21, 1938
  2. EASTERN STATES, Captain's Log, Sept. 22, 1938-June 13, 1948

Box 24

Folders

  1. EASTERN STATES, Captain's Log, July 1, 1939-Sept. 3, 1939
  2. EASTERN STATES, Captain's Log, June 26, 1940-June 29, 1941
  3. EASTERN STATES, Captain's Log, June 19, 1948-July 31, 1949
  4. EASTERN STATES, Captain's Log, July 31, 1949-Sept. 4, 1950

Box 25

Folders

  1. EASTERN STATES, Deck Log, June 25, 1925-Oct. 30, 1925
  2. EASTERN STATES, Deck Log, June 25, 1927-Oct. 21, 1927
  3. EASTERN STATES, Deck Log, Apr. 9, 1928-Sept. 3, 1928
  4. EASTERN STATES, Deck Log, May 2, 1929-Sept. 1, 1929
  5. EASTERN STATES, Deck Log, Aug. 31, 1929-Sept. 29, 1930
  6. EASTERN STATES, Deck Log, Sept. 29, 1930-July 13, 1931

Box 26

Folders

  1. EASTERN STATES, Deck Log, July 14, 1931-May 5, 1932
  2. EASTERN STATES, Deck Log, Oct. 21, 1932-Aug. 31, 1933
  3. EASTERN STATES, Deck Log, Aug. 31, 1933-May 22, 1934
  4. EASTERN STATES, Deck Log, Oct. 7, 1934-June 11, 1935
  5. EASTERN STATES, Deck Log, June 29, 1935-Nov. 20, 1935
  6. EASTERN STATES, Deck Log, Nov. 20, 1935-June 15, 1936
  7. EASTERN STATES, Deck Log, July 2 1936-May 28, 1937

Box 27

Folders

  1. EASTERN STATES, Deck Log, Sept. 3, 1938-Aug. 14, 1939
  2. EASTERN STATES, Deck Log, Aug. 14, 1939-Sept. 17, 1941
  3. EASTERN STATES, Deck Log, Aug. 18, 1941-July 25, 1943
  4. EASTERN STATES, Deck Log, July 26, 1943-July 18, 1944

Box 28

Folders

  1. EASTERN STATES, Deck Log, July 18, 1944-Sept. 30, 1944
  2. EASTERN STATES, Deck Log, Sept. 30, 1944-july 18, 1945
  3. EASTERN STATES, Deck Log, July 18, 1945-June 15, 1946
  4. EASTERN STATES, Deck Log, June 15, 1947-Aug. 10 1948
  5. EASTERN STATES, Deck Log, Aug. 11, 1948-Aug. 18, 1949

Box 29

Folders

  1. EASTERN STATES, Deck Log, Aug. 18, 1949-Sept. 4, 1950
  2. EASTERN STATES, Engineer's Log, June 27, 1912-April 4, 1917

Box 30

Folders

  1. EASTERN STATES, Engineer's Log, April 13, 1917-July 15, 1919
  2. EASTERN STATES, Engineer's Log, July 16, 1919-Sept. 23, 1922

Box 31

Folders

  1. EASTERN STATES, Engineer's Log, Sept. 20, 1920-May 30, 1924
  2. EASTERN STATES, Engineer's Log, May 31, 1931-June 10, 1933

Box 32

Folders

  1. EASTERN STATES, Engineer's Log, June 10, 1933-Oct. 11, 1936
  2. EASTERN STATES, Pilot House Log, June 26, 1926-Nov. 15, 1926
  3. GREATER DETROIT, Captain's Log, July 26, 1940-Sept. 1, 1940

Box 33

Folders

  1. GREATER DETROIT, Captain's Log, Sept. 19, 1941-Aug. 2, 1942
  2. GREATER DETROIT, Captain's Log, May 6, 1944-June 18, 1944
  3. GREATER DETROIT, Captain's Log, Aug. 4-10, 1944

Box 34

Folders

  1. GREATER DETROIT, Captain's Log, Sept. 13, 1947-Sept. 11, 1949
  2. GREATER DETROIT, Captain's Log, May 21, 1948-Sept. 3, 1950
  3. GREYHOUND, Purser's Log, June 14-15, n.d.
  4. JUNEAU (b. BACK BAY), Feb. 24, 1923-May 30, 1923
  5. WESTERN STATES, Deck Log, June 12 1931-July 10, 1933

Box 35

Folders

  1. WESTERN STATES, Deck Log, July 9, 1933-Oct. 21, 1934
  2. Unknown Vessel, Deck Log, Oct. 13, 1936-July 2, 1939
  3. Unknown Vessel, Deck Log, Aug. 29, 1943-Sept. 10, 1944
  4. Unknown Vessel, Log and Mileage, April 29, 1912-July 1, 1934
  5. Inspector's Report (Repairs and Maintenance Journal, Jan. 3, 1919-Dec. 6, 1944

Appendix A: Inventory of Microfilmed Notes

Roll 1: Sailing Vessels, Great Lakes to Coast, Up to 1860.

Roll 2: Sailing Vessels, Great Lakes to Coast, 1860-1880.

Roll 2: Miscellaneous Notes and Manuscript, "History of Lakes to Ocean Trade."

Microfilm Roll 1: Research Notes
Sailing Vessels, Great Lakes to Coast, Up to 1859

Common abbreviations denoting sources, as devised by Mr. Poole, are as follows:

DA - Detroit Daily Advertiser
FP - Detroit Free Press
TA - Detroit Advertiser & Tribune
NYH - New York Herald
Schr Days - "Schooner Days" column, written by C.H.J. Snider, in Toronto Evening Telegram, 1920s through 1950s. Each weekly column was numbered. Mr. Poole quotes the number rather than the date.
G.L. Hist. - Mansfield, J.B. (ed.) History of the Great Lakes. 2 volumes, Chicago: J.H. Beers & Company, 1899.
GL Summary - Refers to Mansfield, History of the Great Lakes, vol. I, pp. 787-903.
GL (followed by a year; i.e. GL 1866) - Refers to Mansfield, History of the Great Lakes, vol. I, pp. 579-787, which breaks the chronology to years and lists casualties.
BUFF COM ADV - Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
Hall, 1871 - Marine Disasters of the Western Lakes during the Navigation with the Loss of Life and Property, Vessels Bought and Sold the Old and New Tonnage, with the Names of Vessels-Laid Up at Various Lake Ports; Also Important Marine History. Detroit: Free Press and Job Printing Establishment, 1872.
Hall, 1877 - Hall's Record of Lake Marine Embracing Marine Casualties of 1877, Rules of Navigation - Collisions - Insurance - Courses and Distances - Steamboats and Propellers; Also, the Names of Deceased Captains Etc., Etc. Detroit: Wm. Graham's Steam Presses, 1878.
Underwriters - Mr. Poole evidently had casualty reports from underwriters at his disposal.
NYC & SL - New York Commercial and Shipping List

These hand-written notes were loaned to the Historical Collections of the Great Lakes by Mr. C. Patrick Labadie, of Duluth, Minnesota, to further complete the re-assembling of the John E. Poole Great Lakes Marine Collection. They contain data copied from newspapers of the period, etc., relative to the individual sailing vessels that departed Great Lakes ports for ocean voyages during the late 1840s and 1850s. They also include follow-up information on the vessels regardless of whether they remained in ocean trade or returned to the Lakes. Listed below are the vessels in the order that Mr. Poole maintained them in note form.

RigName of VesselYears
BarkD.C. PIERCE (ex CUYAHOGA)1858-1864
SchoonerCORRESPONDENT1856-1858
SchoonerVANGUARD (later WIRRILITE)1856-1870
SchoonerR.H. HARMON (later WAVETREE)1855-1868
BarkCHIEFTAIN1853-1863
SchoonerMADEIRA PET (Canadian)1857
SchoonerELIZA MAY (Canadian)1857
SchoonerCATARAQUI (Canadian)1854-1856
SchoonerTHOMAS BRADLEY1856
BarkC.J. KERSHAW1857-1863
SchoonerDEAN RICHMOND1856
SchoonerNEW BRUNSWICK1847
SchoonerCITY OF TORONTO (Canadian)1855
SchoonerPACIFIC (Canadian)1848
SchoonerSOPHIE (Canadian)1850
BrigMINNESOTA1847-1867
BarkEUREKA1849
BarkREINDEER (Canadian)1855-1856
SchoonerCHEROKEE (Canadian)1853-1854
SchoonerSCOTIA (Canadian)1850
SchoonerELIZABETH (Canadian)1847
SchoonerLILY (Canadian)1848
BarkARABIA (Canadian)1854
BarkPARMELIA J. FLOOD1858-1863
SchoonerD.B. SEXTON1855-1862
SchoonerC. REEVE1853-1862
SchoonerCOLONEL COOK1855-1858
BrigBLACK HAWK1854-1862
SchoonerHARVEST1858-1864
BarkH.E. HOWE1858-1860
BarkALEXANDER1857-1861
SchoonerQUEEN (Canadian)1858
SchoonerGEORGE THURSTON (Canadian)1858
SchoonerSTAR OF THE NORTH1858
SchoonerJOHN F. WARNER1855-1871
BrigSULTAN1859-1861
SchoonerEVELINE BATES1858-1860
SchoonerADDA1853-1861
BrigJOHN G. DESHLER1859-1864
BarkMAGENTA1859-1860
SchoonerREPUBLICAN1856-1860
SchoonerG.D. DOUSMAN1857-1870
SchoonerINDUS1859-1863
SchoonerGOLD HUNTER1859-1861
SchoonerGRAND TURK1854-1869
SchoonerC.H. WALKER1859
SchoonerMASSILON1857-1861
SchoonerALLIES (Canadian)1855-1860
SchoonerUNION1857-1860
SchoonerANNA CRAIG1859
SchoonerHUGH BARCLAY1857-1861
SchoonerKYLE SPANGLER1859-1864
SchoonerKATE L. BRUCE1856-1861
SchoonerMESSENGER1859-1864
SchoonerST. HELENA1857-1860
SchoonerMUSKINGUM1856-1863
SchoonerM.S. SCOTT1856-1866
BarkW.S. PIERSON1859-1865
SchoonerADRIATIC1856-1863
SchoonerALIDA1854-1862
BrigCAROLINE1859-1863
SchoonerW.B. CASTLE1859-1861
SchoonerCLIFTON1859-1862
SchoonerENERGY1859-1860
BarkGRACE GREENWOOD1853-1861
SchoonerSARAH F. HIBBERT1857-1861
SchoonerMETROPOLIS1857-1860
SchoonerRAPID1857-1863
SchoonerCAROLINE E. SIMPSON1858-1861
SchoonerTYPHOON1859-1864
SchoonerVALERIA1857-1860
BarkE.S. ADAMS1857-1863
BarkREINDEER1855

Microfilm Roll 2: Research Notes
Sailing Vessels, Great Lakes to Coast, 1860-1880

These hand-written notes were loaned to the Northwest Ohio-Great Lakes Research Center by Mr. C. Patrick Labadie, of Duluth, Minnesota, to further complete the re-assembling of the John E. Poole Great Lakes Marine Collection. They contain data copied from newspapers of the period, etc., relative to the individual sailing vessels that departed Great Lakes ports for ocean voyages during the late 1850s through 1880. They also include follow-up information on the vessels regardless of whether they remained in ocean trade or returned to the Lakes. Below listed are the vessels in the order that Mr. Poole maintained them in note form.

RigName of VesselYears
BarkPRIDE OF CANADA (Canadian)1860
BarkNORMAN1860
BrigGLOBE1862
SchoonerWILLIAM H. MERRITT (Canadian)1859-1860
SchoonerGEORGE LAIDLOW (Canadian)1859-1861
SchoonerMIAMI BELLE (Milwaukee Belle?)1859
BrigORKNEY LASS (Canadian)1859-1860
BarkNIAGARA (Canadian)1860-1861
SchoonerINDIAN QUEEN1860
SchoonerPLYMOUTH1860
SchoonerNEPTUNE1860
SchoonerLINNIE POWELL1860
SchoonerCHIEF 
BarkTHOMAS F. PARKS1855-1861
SchoonerWEST WIND1860-1862
SchoonerLEWIS SPANNIER1860-1864
SchoonerTWIN SISTERS1854-1861
SchoonerWHITE CLOUD1853-1862
SchoonerCHARMER1856-1864
BarkILLINOIS1853-1861
BrigJOHN J. HARMON1853-1861
SchoonerGEM1853-1871
SchoonerST. ALBANS1857-1863
SchoonerFOREST CITY1860-1863
SchoonerGEORGE W. HOLT1857-1860
SchoonerFASHION1859-1863
SchoonerSOPHIA SMITH1860-1870
SchoonerN.H. FARMAN1859-1864
SchoonerTWIN BROTHER1854-1861
SchoonerCHIEF1860-1863
BarkPRINCE OF WALES (Canadian)1862
SchoonerSIRIUS1862-1864
SchoonerCANADA (Canadian)1860-1861
SchoonerMAJOR ANDERSON1861
SchoonerRAVENNA1861-1864
SchoonerHOWELL HOPPOCK (later ETOWAH)1963-1869
BarkTHERMITIS1864-1870
BarkMARY ROE (Canadian)1864-1865
BarkHURON1864
SchoonerBRIDGET 
SchoonerSEA LION 
SchoonerD. CORNWALL 
SchoonerKATE ROBINSON1870
BarkCELIA (Canadian)1867
SchoonerNARRAGANSETT1867-1872
SchoonerCLYDE1864-1865
SchoonerR.N. BROWN1865
SchoonerC.E. ROSENBERRY1864-1865
BrigLUCY A. BLOSSOM1865
SchoonerST. CLAIR1865
BarkJACQUES DE MOLAY (Canadian)1865-1866
SchoonerJESSIE DRUMMOND (Canadian)1865
BrigSEAGULL1865-1866
SchoonerCOLUMBIA1865
SchoonerSARANAC1861-1866
SchoonerALICE1863
SchoonerIRA LAFRINNIER1863-1864
SchoonerOWEN BEARSE1863-1867
SchoonerBOSTON1864-1865
SchoonerYORKTOWN1864-1865
SchoonerMINNIE KINNIE1864-1865
SchoonerJ.P. KIRTLAND1864-1865
SchoonerLOUGHBOY1864-1865
SchoonerMARY BROWN1864-1865
SchoonerALICE CURTIS1864
SchoonerCOLONEL COOK (ex AUGUSTA)1861-1868
BrigSAILOR BOY1868-1869
SchoonerPAMLICO1874-1876
SchoonerLEM ELLSWORTH1874
BarkSUMMER CLOUD1874
SchoonerC.G. TRUMPFF1874-1876
SchoonerC.B. BENSON1874-1876
SchoonerALICE1874-1875
SchoonerJ.S. AUSTIN1874-1876
SchoonerSANILAC1875
SchoonerPACIFIC1875-1876
SchoonerMIDDLESEX1875-1876
SchoonerEDWARD BLAKE1876
SchoonerTHISTLE1876
SchoonerCAMBRIA1876
SchoonerW.G. GRANT1876
SchoonerTHOMAS C. STREET1876
BrigMECHANIC1876
SchoonerENTERPRISE1876
SchoonerJOHN SCHUETTE1876
SchoonerTWIN SISTERS1876
SchoonerJ. SCARTH1876
SchoonerCOLUMBIAN1876
SchoonerCITY OF GREEN BAY1876
SchoonerCITY OF MANITOWOC1876

Microfilm Roll 2: Research Notes
Miscellaneous Notes and Manuscript History of Lakes-Ocean Trade

These hand-written notes were loaned to the Historical Collections of the Great Lakes by C. Patrick Labadie, of Duluth, Minnesota, to further complete the re-assembling of the John E. Poole Great Lakes Marine Collection. They contain data copied from newspapers of the period, etc., and follow a basic theme of the Great Lakes to ocean trade during the middle nineteenth century. The subject matter and basic order in which they appear are as follows:

Notes on the Lake Navigation Company, 1856-1860
Notes on the Amerin Transportation Company, 1855-1859
Lake Sailing Vessels that went to the coast:

RigName of VesselYears
SchoonerBROTHERS1860-1863
SchoonerDOLPHIN1868
SchoonerPAMLICO1868

Notes on vessels to the coast, 1858-1861
European Trade, 1859-1862

RigName of VesselYears
BrigVIDAR (Norwegian)1866
SloopSHOLDINAN (Norwegian)1863
BarkSLEIPNER (Norwegian)1863-1864
BarkHANOVER1863
SchoonerJUNIATA PATTON1860-1863
BarkST. GEORGE1861
SchoonerF.R. TRANGEMONTAGNE1865

Notes taken from History of Berrien and Van Buren Counties, Michigan (1880).
Chronological List of Vessels that Went to the Coast, 1846-1877.
Notes for a manuscript "History of the Lakes to Ocean Trade."

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