Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Old book sheds new light on Great Lakes shipping history

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Debra Majer, Archivist for the Diocese of London holds a captain's log from the early 1800's.
Photograph by: Jason Kryk, The Windsor Star

An archivist who was digging through old documents in the basement of a Harrow church says she has unearthed a 19th century ledger that provides a rare glimpse into Great Lakes shipping history.

"It was as I went through the book and went closer to the back ... I realized this was something unbelievable and exceptional," Debra Majer said Wednesday.

The Catholic diocese of London archivist was holding a treasure trove: a ledger dating to the 1800s with hundreds of names of ships' captains and vessels with the dates they sailed and their fates. She held 255 pages detailing brigs, tugs and steamships that sailed the Great Lakes.

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