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The Gilchrist Fleet Survey Report: Identifying the Archaeological Significance of Abandoned Vessels in the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Author(s): Donald La Barre

Year: 2016

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This paper reports on the preliminary findings of the Gilchrist Fleet Survey Project fieldwork conducted by NOAA Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, State of Michigan Department of History, Arts, and Libraries, and Flinders University in the summer of 2015. The goal of the project is to survey the North Point shoreline of Isaacson Bay for historic sunken vessels once owned by the Gilchrist Transportation Company of Alpena, Michigan. Three already located economically abandoned Gilchrist ships lying abandoned within the protection of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary are tentatively identified as Knight Templar, Light Guard, and S.H. Lathrop. Now lying between 7–10 feet of water, these ships are the physical remains of a White Pine Era (1840–1900) where lumber was the catalyst for economic growth and expansion of transnational trading routes that drew entrepreneurs, like Frank W. Gilchrist, to the Great Lakes in search of a prosperous future. 


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The Gilchrist Fleet Survey Report: Identifying the Archaeological Significance of Abandoned Vessels in the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.. Donald La Barre. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434676)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 203

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America