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Saginaw River Marine History in Princess Wenonah Tour Focus August 2

River Has Seen 888 Ships Built, 1787-1976; Defoe the Leader

June 24, 2003       Leave a Comment
By: Dave Rogers

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Guided missile destroyers built by Defoe for Australian Navy make a tidy threesome in the 1960s
 
Wheeler's Daniel J. Morrell was launched in 1906 with full fanfare, but ended tragically.

The Saginaw River Marine Historical Society will cruise the river exploring history aboard the Princess Wenonah on Saturday, August 2.

There will be plenty to talk about, and some places where historic ships were built, as well as buildings and facilities left over from a century or more ago, to see. The most recent shipbuilding site, Gougeon Brothers, on the river at the Independence Bridge, has world class sailing craft to its credit but currently is not building any vessels.

The voices from the past might even echo the sad tale of the first shipbuilder, Louis Tromble', who built sloops to be used in the coasting trade with the Indians at the mouth of the river in 1787 and 1788. Tromble', weakened by an injury suffered in an Indian att. . . . .
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Dave Rogers

Dave Rogers is a former editorial writer for the Bay City Times and a widely read,
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