Leonard J. Barr II Collection
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  • MICHIGAN, U.S.S. (1843, Naval Vessel)
        Other Names: WOLVERINE; Final Date: 1948; Dimensions (LBD): 165.2' x 27' x 12' ; Built for defense of the Lakes after the Canadian Rebellion of 1837-40 because of armed British ships on the Lakes. 1843, Dec 5 Launched. 1844, Sep 29 Commissioned; armed with two 68" Paixhans cannons & four ...
      Other Names: WOLVERINE; Final Date: 1948; Dimensions (LBD): 165.2' x 27' x ...
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Leonard J. Barr II Collection


Leonard J. Barr II of St. Clair, Michigan, worked in the finance industry by profession, but his passion was preserving Great Lakes shipping history with an emphasis of the 20th Century. His collection consists of approximately 30,000 vessel photographs, negatives, slides, and glass plates, as well as hundreds of books, journals, and other ephemera relating to Great Lakes Maritime History. Much of the information provided for each vessel came from Mr. Barr's own research. Mrs. Ellen Barr donated the collection to the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Research Collection in September 2017.