C. Patrick Labadie Collection
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Posted by Suzanne Steiner, 17 June 2020 at 11:52

I was raised with the knowledge that my Grandfather, Murry Bostwick, was a Captain of this freighter in the 1890's and likely the last ship he captained before he retired due to poor health. My Mother and her 3 siblings and Grandma went on one cruise a summer and she told me many times of their adventures.

He died in the 1930's and I did not know him but his son (my Uncle), John Murry Bostwick I knew well. My brother, David Murry Stahley, was also named after him. How exciting to see this lake freighter again.

Posted by Derk Phelps, 20 December 2020 at 20:08

I saw and browsed Mr. Labadie"s collection years ago when it was in his basement. It was impressive then as it is now, I am very pleased to see that it will live on to educate and fascinate generations to come. Good job Patrick !

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C. Patrick Labadie Collection


The Thunder Bay Sanctuary Research Collection is reputed to be one of the finest in the country regarding Great Lakes Maritime History. It represents one of the largest single repositories of historical material concerning 19th Century Great Lakes vessels in existence. Mr. Pat Labadie compiled much of this collection over the course of 40 years, with a deliberate goal of indexing every vessel to sail the lakes between 1800 and 1900. The collection has since grown to over 30,000 vessel images and data on approximately 14,000 individual vessels. This makes Alpena one of only a few sites in the country that has a collection of this magnitude. Mr. Labadie donated his collection to the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary & Underwater Preserve. The collection is housed at the Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library.