Peril on Lake Erie

On Friday evening April 5, 1851 the paddle-wheeler Southerner departed Cleveland on its regular run to Detroit 168-miles to the northwest. Only four years old the Southerner and its sister ship Baltimore were the pride of the new Detroit and Cleveland Steam Ship Company. Like on so many earlier sailings Southerner’s decks were crammed with settlers and their luggage. The immigrants had purchased land in … Continue reading Peril on Lake Erie