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Boats & Bridges

Tashmoo at the Dock: 1900

Tashmoo at the Dock: 1900

"Tashmoo at the dock, Star Island House, St. Clair Flats," c. 1900-1901. The Detroit River excursion steamer SS Tashmoo, a sidewheeler, stopped at Tashmoo Park on the St. Clair Flats on trips between Detroit and Port Huron. A high point in the boat's eventful 36-year life was the night in 1927 that she broke free of her moorings in a winter storm and headed downriver on her own. Her end came in 1936, when she hit a submerged rock and sank. View full size.

 

America: 1900

America: 1900

"America, Mississippi riverboat, circa 1900-1910." Note the group of convicts in prison stripes. Detroit Publishing Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Charlevoix: 1900

Charlevoix: 1900

"Harbor entrance and light house, Charlevoix, Michigan," circa 1900. Detroit Publishing Company glass negative, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Oysterboy: 1909

Oysterboy: 1909

January 1909. Apalachicola, Florida. "A young oyster fisher. Randsey Summerford says he starts out at 4 a.m. one day, is out all night in the little oyster boat and back next day some time. Gets a share of the proceeds. Said he was 16 years old and been at it four years. Lives in Georgia and is here six months a year." Glass negative and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Colossus: 1902

Colossus: 1902

"New East River bridge from Brooklyn." The Williamsburg Bridge under construction circa 1902. Detroit Publishing Co. glass negative. View full size.

 

Smoke on the Water: 1905

Smoke on the Water: 1905

Chicago, 1905. "Chicago River east from Rush Street Bridge." Detroit Publishing Company glass negative, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Old Man River: 1906

Old Man River: 1906

"Mississippi River Landing." Circa 1906, an exceptionally detailed view of the sternwheeler "Belle of Calhoun" and sidewheeler "Belle of the Bends" taking on cargo. Detroit Publishing Company 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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