Maritime scene from yesteryear

The Tashmoo entering U.S. ship canal, St. Clair Flats, Mich.

A former colleague of mine posted this cool old photo to her Twitter feed yesterday. The photo is from 1901 (approx.) and is of the sidewheeler Tashmoo entering the U.S. channel of the St. Clair Flats (the part where the St. Clair River enters Lake St. Clair, northeast of Detroit). The Tashmoo operated from 1900 until 1936 when it sank and was scrapped. Most of its career was spent providing passenger service between Port Huron and Detroit. A popular stop was the Tashmoo amusement park in Algonac, Michigan, which closed in 1951.

Many years later, one of the car ferries from the mainland to Harsens Island (the biggest American island in the St. Clair Flats) was named Tashmoo, though I can’t say whether that’s still true.

More info is available at the Library of Congress at this page: The Tashmoo entering U.S. ship canal, St. Clair Flats, Mich.. Wikipedia provides more information in this article.


About songdogmi

I'm a longhaired almost-hippie stuck in the inner suburbs of a major rust-belt metropolis who's thoughtful, creative, and kind of geeky. In exchange for a paycheck I run around in a cubicle maze most days. When I escape, I play music, hang out in coffee houses, dink around on the computer, take naps, and think I should be off in the woods somewhere. Every once in a while I get in my car and drive far, far away, though I've always come back so far.
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