Rich in Maritime Heritage
Marine City est. 1865 was the largest ship building community on the lakes, located North of Detroit and South of Lake Huron. The land had been Ojibwa territory for centuries before European contact occurred after the American Revolution. The land was deeded to settlers by the Chippewa indians in the 1780's. The American's deemed the town "Yankee Point" because most of the settlers arrived there from New England. The settlement was also known as "Belle River" which is now the name of a Marine City neighborhood.
Although never incorporated under the name, Marine City was platted as "Newport" in 1835 and it was known as "Newport" for 31 years. In 1865, it was incorporated as the Village of Marine City and was reincorporated as a city in 1887 after significant growth as a result of the booming lumber and commodity trade.
Growth of the lumber and shipping sector brought many workers to Marine City. The St. Clair river was teeming with lumber filled rafts ready to be worked in Marine City or Detroit. Shipyards were bustling constructing ships that would cross the Great Lakes many times over. Steamers brought passengers from village to village. Marine City's picturesque location centered on a park on the river drew Great Lakes captains to call Marine City home with their families.
Later, as the lumber industry began to slow in the region, Marine City ships carried iron ore on a route from Minnesota to Ohio. Many of the captains that called Marine City home worked for the Pittsburgh Steamship Company.