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All types of vessels have come to Charlevoix since the first Native American canoes. The first settlers of the 1850’s brought small sail and steam boats. The cutting of the two channels in 1869 allowed many types of vessels to reach the ends of Lake Charlevoix. Then the widening of the Lake Michigan channel to its current width in 1882 allowed the largest lake vessels to come into town. This made Charlevoix the most important port in northwest lower Michigan by the end of the 19th century. David L. Miles, Co-Director of the Harsha House Museum and long time Charlevoix historian, will share this overview of historic vessels.