North by Northwest: Fighting the Fenians


In June 1866, the atmosphere along Lake Erie was tense, and not merely from the summer weather. Rumors of raids and plots for holding a sovereign nation hostage kept lakeshore residents on edge. Prowling the lake itself, poised to pounce on lawbreakers, was the USS Michigan. Designed and fabricated in Pittsburgh and built in Erie, the innovative Michigan was made for such a moment as this.

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