"Sault St. Marie," Chippewa/Southeastern Ojibwa - ROM2005_5137_1

ROM2005_5137_1

"Sault St. Marie," Chippewa/Southeastern Ojibwa

Maker: Paul Kane (1810 Mallow, Ireland–1871 Toronto, Canada)
Medium:Oil on canvas
Geography: St. Marys River, Michigan, USA
Date: 1849-1856
Dimensions:
49 x 76.3 cm
Object number: 912.1.9
Credit Line: Gift of Sir Edmund Osler
Not on view
Description"The Sault St. Marie is situated at the lower extremity of Lake Superior, where it debouches into the river St. Marie, in its course to Lake Huron: having in this part of the river a considerable fall, for about a mile and a half in length,it soon becomes a foaming torrent, down which, however, canoes, steered by practised guides, ordinarily descend safely, although with terrific violence. Sometimes, indeed, the venture is fatal to the bark and its occupants. . . ." "I took a sketch of the rapids above alluded to, from the American side. There is a small town called the Sault St. Marie, on the American side, containing 700 or 800 inhabitants, with a well-built garrison, prettily situated on the river’s bank. On the Canadian side, about half a mile direct across, the Hudson’s Bay Company have a trading establishment, and the Custom House officer, Mr. Wilson, a tolerably handsome house." (Paul Kane, "Wanderings of an Artist," 1859:45–46)
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