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St. Ignace in Mackinac County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Mackinaw Boat

Edith Jane

 
 
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By Joel Seewald, August 19, 2019
1. Mackinaw Boat Marker
Inscription.  
The loose term "Mackinaw Boat" originally referred to any small sailing craft used in the Straits of Mackinac. The rather flat bottom and shallow draft allowed Mackinaw Boats to be pulled up on the beach, making them an ideal work boat when harbors and docks were scarce.

Mackinaw Boats were remarkably seaworthy and were used to transport people or trade goods, to service commercial fisheries, for mail carrying and for carrying messages between steamships passing on the Straits. One story traces "Mackinaw Fishing Boats" back to the French fur traders, saying construction had been taken over by the Indians and the design had been handed down by them from generation to generation.

The "Edith Jane" was built in St. Ignace about 1899 by the Chenier family who settled in this area around 1830. She is 18' 8" long, has a 6' 4" beam and a 1' 6" draft at post. She is carvel planked with 3/4" pine over sawn oak frames, displays a plumb stem, a strong sheer and a sharply raked sternpost.

A typical Mackinaw Boat, the "Edith Jane" was originally rigged as a gaff-ketch; she was fitted with a centerboard
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By Joel Seewald, August 19, 2019
2. Mackinaw Boat and Marker
and a jib set on a plank bow-sprit. She had a short foredeck. Later she was converted to power and her gaff-ketch rig, bow-sprit and jib were stripped, her centerboard case was replaced with an engine bed, and an inboard engine was installed. The tow ring was added at that time.

Donated to the City of St. Ignace by:
The Michilimackinac Historical Society
 
Location. 45° 52.123′ N, 84° 43.609′ W. Marker is in St. Ignace, Michigan, in Mackinac County. Marker is at the intersection of North State Street (Business Interstate 75) and Central Hill, on the right when traveling north on North State Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 322 North State Street, Saint Ignace MI 49781, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Civilian Conservation Corps (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Mackinaw Boat (within shouting distance of this marker); Native American Land Losses (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mooring Facilities (about 500 feet away); Fort de Buade (about 600 feet away); Diving into History (about 700 feet away); Michigan State Ferry (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Ignace (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Ignace.
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
Mackinaw Boat Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, August 19, 2019
3. Mackinaw Boat Marker
The boat and marker are in an enclosed exhibit in Conners Park.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on September 17, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 17, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 98 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 17, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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