The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston Herald (Kingston, ON), Oct. 5, 1841

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The Plunge over the Falls that Didn't Happen.

We went yesterday, with all the world hereabouts, to see the barque Detroit go over the falls. At the appointed hour - 3 P.M. - the vessel was towed from the foot of Grand Island into the stream to the very verge of the rapids, and then put adrift. She took the first plunge gallantly head on, and for a moment seemed completely engulfed, but almost instantly the hull shot upward from the "hell of waters," her main and foremasts went by the board, and on she went. The next descent was passed safely. At the third her mizen mast gave way, and a few rods further she grounded by the head. Her stern swung slowly round and grounded also. When we left Goat Island she was lying broadside to the current, in its shallowest part, nearly midway between the Island and the Canadian shore. She will probably lie there until she breaks to pieces, or until the river is swollen by a heavy southeast gale driving the water down the lake, and lifting her off. The day was delightful, and large numbers of spectators lined both shores. We took a malicious pleasure in enjoying their disappointment. Such an affair at Niagara Falls is something like sacrilege, and we hope it will not be repeated.

p.2 The Cornwall Observer of Thursday states that a few days ago the splendid steamer Highlander made a trial trip up the Long Sault rapids reaching with the greatest ease the foot of what is called the Big Chute, then turned around, went down the "Gut" and made the tour to the Island in front of the town - a thing unparalleled in the history of Steam Navigation.

Canal Boat Building at Rochester - 115 canal boats have been launched at Rochester, N.Y., within the last year. There are 8 boat yards there which give employment to more than 600 workmen.

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Rick Neilson
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Kingston Herald (Kingston, ON), Oct. 5, 1841