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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • GEORGE WASHINGTON CROSSING THE PIES

North Star: 1905

North Star: 1905

Cleveland, Ohio, circa 1905. "North Star at Henkel's elevator." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Merwin Ave

If I'm not mistaken, this building (modified several times) still sits (roughly) on Merwin Avenue in Cleveland.


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Scale

The size of the ship is only made obvious when you spot the two tiny crew members roughly mid ship. It is huge, especially by the size standards of time and place.

1889-1908

NORTH STAR. Built by Globe Iron Works, Cleveland, 1889. Sank in collision with Northern Queen in dense fog on November 25, 1908, in Lake Huron; no lives lost.

Where's Olive Oyl?

With that tilted smokestack, it looks like a larger version Popeye's boat.

What type of boat (ship)

is the North star? It has the rump of a schooner and the pointy end of a lake steamer and are those three sticks for sails, I'm from the prairies, hence the lack of nautical jargon.

Largest Cargo of Copper Ever

Engineering and Mining Journal
November 14, 1914

Houghton, Michigan. The largest cargo of copper ever taken from the district left recently on the North Star of the Mutual Transit Line. It came to 9 million pounds.

Looks fake

I don't know if it's because the photo is so clear or because the entire ship is capured, but if you told me this was a photo of a model ship, I would have believed you!

 
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