Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Sault St. Marie--Land Passage of the Julia Palmer
Sandusky Clarion, 18 Aug 1846
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Sault St. Marie--Land Passage of the Julia Palmer. The Cleveland Herald in remarking on this subject, says:

The broad ways cut through the green low forest across the portage to admit the land passage of the Lake Superior fleet from the foot of the Sault into the Father of Waters, have destroyed much of the beauty and romance of the American shore. Something like a dozen salt craft, a propeller, and a large steamer have been slid across, and the facility with which a craft of the dimensions of the Julia Palmer is drawn from the water, moved three-fourths of a mile on land, and again launched into her destined element, is quite a marvel. Our enterprising neighbour, Mr. Tisdale, of Ohio City, took the job of getting over the Palmer, with her engine and every thing on board ready for service. He placed ways in the water below the Sault, on which was a cradle of timber to receive the hull. The boat was then swung round into the cradle, keyed up, two one horse windlasses made fast to the cradle, and the boat weighing some 350 tons, was moved off at the speed of about 375 feet a day. The ascent overcome is quite gradual, and so well has Mr. T. managed the land passage, that in some 20 days from the time the ways were placed in the water to receive the boat, the Palmer was ready to launch again, not a plank or timber started.

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18 Aug 1846
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Tisdale, Erastus
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 46.5017991875392 Longitude: -84.3490107196045
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Sault St. Marie--Land Passage of the Julia Palmer