Scow Schooner

City of Grand Haven

City of Grand Haven
  • Gross Tons 201
  • Net Tons 190
  • Length 127 Ft
  • Beam 26 Ft
  • Draft 9
  • Center Board Down 13
  • Crew 4-6
  • Value $12000 (1875)

Masters

  • Anton Kjelson 1889-1900
  • John Kjelson    1900-1901
  • Anton Kjelson  1901-1911
  • Martin Kjelson 1911-1915
  • Anton Kjelson  1915-1916

Owners

  • Kirby Furlong and Company
  • Frank Geele
  • Anton Kjelson
  • Winard Schlosser
  • Oren W Angwall
photo from Tri Cities Historical Museum

City of Grand Haven  With Crew

Build in 1872 as a sailing barge in  Grand Haven Michigan. Built of wood by Ducan Robertson for Kirby Furlong and Company  of Grand Haven, Mi.  who had a fleet of 12 barges and two tug boats. She  was design for the lumber trade with two mast set far apart  to  hold more  lumber. In 1884 her rigging was changed and she was made into a topsail schooner. In her early years she delivered lumber to Chicago from Grand Haven and Muskegon. In 1889 was sold to Anton Kjelson and Frank Greele was sail from Sheboygan and Milwaukee. Her last season of sailing 1925 pickup lumber from Beavertail Bay and bringing it To Muskegon and Holland. The Michigan Maritime Museum in South Haven Michigan has the recording of three of the crew from 1925 , Ralph Smith, Martin Carlson and Dennis Ward  all teenager then.   They talk about how all the  loading of  cargo was done by hand, The danger of  being run  down by a steam ship, The routine of pumping the water out of the bilges each watch. How the sails were made of heavy canvas.  How the head was a old bucket.   The City of  Grand Haven was one of the last commercial sailing vessel.  The last could have been the schooner  Our Sons that sank in a gale twenty miles of Sheboygan  Sep 26,1930. The City of Grand Haven layed at dock in Holland then to Milwaukee. Sold in 1928 and sailed to Marinette, Wisconsin where she was left to rot disappearing into the mud around 1935.
photo from Tri Cities Historical Museum pre 1889

City Of Grand Haven the two mast are set far apart to accommodate high piles of lumber on the deck and to make it easier to load and  unload the vessel. This rig was called the Grand Haven Rig  or (Jack Ass Rig) the main mast(rear) had a sailsail coming forward and a long range of jibs not seen in this picture with It is said that the rigged was discovered by a captain of a three masted schooner who had to have his main mast taken out because it was rotten and found his vessel sail under her remaining mizzen and fore sail as she had with the two addition sails on the mainmast.  Their were at least a dozen craft with this rig many of them in Lake Michigan..

photo from Tri Cities Historical Museum

Schooner Grand Haven in tow

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