Passengers, Packages and Copper: The Steamer Pewabic and the Growth of Lake Superior’s Mining Industry
Author(s): Phil Hartmeyer
America’s first mining boom occurred in the 1840s on Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula. Pure copper lay ripe for picking along its shores, but until the construction of Saint Mary’s Canal in 1855, high freight costs kept the region from growing. Keweenaw’s social and economic isolation required a special craft that could profitably facilitate both the passenger and copper industries. “Lake Huron’s Death Ship”, Pewabic, was one propeller that embodied the zeitgeist of post-Civil War Great Lakes. This paper details Pewabic’s various identities afloat and post-wrecking while contextualizing passenger/package propeller’s importance in nineteenth century Great Lakes history.
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Passengers, Packages and Copper: The Steamer Pewabic and the Growth of Lake Superior’s Mining Industry. Phil Hartmeyer. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436982)