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Mackinaw City in Cheboygan County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Mackinaw Boat - Mackinaw Coat

Mackinaw City Historical Pathway

 
 
Mackinaw Boat - Mackinaw Coat Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, August 19, 2019
1. Mackinaw Boat - Mackinaw Coat Marker
Inscription.  
The Mackinaw Boat was designed for northern Great Lakes conditions

The Mackinaw boat was the work boat of fur traders, fishermen, settlers and lake travelers for hundreds of years, from the early 1700s to the early 1900s.

The hull was wide at the waterline but narrow at the bottom making a fast stable boat. Pointed at both the bow and stern with a removable center board, the boat could be landed and launched easily from the beach. The small size (18' to 28') and light sailing rig could be handled by two men.

The Mackinaw Coat was created by John Askin and his wife to fill a British military contract

John Askin, a trader in the Upper Great Lakes, was commissioned to design and produce 40 greatcoats for the British Army. Designed by his wife, Marie-Archange, using 3-point trade blankets, they were constructed by local white and métis women in November of 1811.

The Mackinaw coat concept was widely used by trappers, traders, and Indians. Called a "capot" by the French, it was red and bore distinctive black stripes found on the blankets themselves. (Marker Number 19.)
Mackinaw Boat - Mackinaw Coat Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, August 19, 2019
2. Mackinaw Boat - Mackinaw Coat Marker
View looking to the northeast. This marker is at the extreme left of the photo (to the left of the rock, above the trash can).

 
Location. 45° 47.004′ N, 84° 43.39′ W. Marker is in Mackinaw City, Michigan, in Cheboygan County. Marker can be reached from North Huron Avenue south of East Jamet Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is in Wawatam Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 North Huron Avenue, Mackinaw City MI 49701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lake Level Research on the Great Lakes (a few steps from this marker); Historic Timeline (a few steps from this marker); John L. (Jack) Staffan • Chief Wawatam (a few steps from this marker); Mackinac and the Water Highway (within shouting distance of this marker); Chief Wawatam (within shouting distance of this marker); Island-Hopping the Straits (within shouting distance of this marker); Mackinaw's First Business District (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Lumbering Era (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mackinaw City.
 
Also see . . .  Hudson's Bay point blanket. Wikipedia article that explains the point system ("3-point trade blanket"). (Submitted on October 9, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 10, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 9, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 9, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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