I was raised with the knowledge that my Grandfather, Murry Bostwick, was a Captain of this freighter in the 1890's and likely the last ship he captained before he retired due to poor health. My Mother and her 3 siblings and Grandma went on one cruise a summer and she told me many times of their adventures.
He died in the 1930's and I did not know him but his son (my Uncle), John Murry Bostwick I knew well. My brother, David Murry Stahley, was also named after him. How exciting to see this lake freighter again.
I saw and browsed Mr. Labadie"s collection years ago when it was in his basement. It was impressive then as it is now, I am very pleased to see that it will live on to educate and fascinate generations to come. Good job Patrick !
My great great grandfather William H. Horn of Horn's Pier, Clay Banks Township, Door County, WI purchased the scow Venture (built in 1869) from Captain Wm. McDonald in 1874.
Info can be found in the Ahnapee Record, July 23rd, 1874 p8, c. 1.
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