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Port Huron in Saint Clair County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Ships on the St. Clair

 
 
Ships on the St. Clair Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 5, 2014
1. Ships on the St. Clair Marker
Inscription.

The St. Clair River has always been an important part of the Great Lakes system. For centuries native people traveled throughout the region in canoes, as did the early French fur traders. In 1679, LaSalle's Griffon was the first sailing ship to pass here. Father Louis Hennepin, the renowned explorer and priest on board that ship, named the river after Sainte Claire. The river's swift currents and other hazards have caused many shipwrecks through the years.

During the 19th and 20th centuries, ships and pleasure boats were built in yards along the St. Clair River from Port Huron south to Algonac. Wooden sailing ships were eventually replaced by steel freighters powered by steam and diesel. During the shipping season, freighters continue to pass here daily, bound for Chicago or Duluth in one direction, or for the Atlantic Ocean and cities all over the world in the other.
 
Erected by Thomas Edison Depot Museum.
 
Location. 42° 59.925′ N, 82° 25.557′ W. Marker is in Port Huron, Michigan, in Saint Clair County. Marker is at the intersection of Thomas Edison Parkway and the Bluewater Bridge to Sarnia (Interstate 69/94), on the right when traveling south on Thomas Edison Parkway. Touch for map.
Ships on the St. Clair Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 5, 2014
2. Ships on the St. Clair Marker
Center marker
Marker is at the Thomas Edison Depot Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 510 Thomas Edison Parkway, Port Huron MI 48060, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Native Americans (here, next to this marker); Bridging the Blue Waters (here, next to this marker); Immigration (a few steps from this marker); Tom Edison at Grand Trunk (a few steps from this marker); All Aboard! (a few steps from this marker); Making Tracks (a few steps from this marker); Edison Homesite (within shouting distance of this marker); Underground Railroad (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Huron.
 
Also see . . .
1. Thomas Edison Depot Museum, Port Huron MI. (Submitted on August 5, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. A Brief History of St. Clair MI. (Submitted on August 5, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. History of Jenks Shipbuilding Company, Port Huron MI. (Submitted on August 5, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. History of Great Lakes Engineering Works, St. Clair MI. (Submitted on August 5, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
5. Brief History of Chris-Craft Large Boat Building, Algonac MI. (Submitted on August 5, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
6. The Sights and Sounds of the St. Clair River. (Submitted on August 5, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. ExplorationIndustry & CommerceMan-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 5, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 224 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 5, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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