The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Buffalo Emporium (Buffalo, NY), July 23, 1827

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We find the following article in the York Observer. It would indeed be a splendid sight to witness the passage of a brig over the Falls of Niagara, and would draw together an immense collection of people. We should suppose the tavern keepers at the Falls would be well paid for every expense they might be at in this business.

"A brig of 300 tons has been purchased by the tavern keepers at the Falls in order to gratify the curiosity of their patrons, she will be decorated in a splendid manner with all her canvass spread, and piloted by a Frenchman into the rapids above the Horse Shoe. She is to proceed on her voyage in the latter week in September, and must appear when ploughing through the foaming rapids and descending the stupendous cataract, as magnificent a spectacle as ever man beheld. The pilot is preparing a balloon in which he will ascend from off the deck upon the brig's entering the head of the rapids. Were the voyage postponed until June next, thousands would flock from Europe to witness it."

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Buffalo Emporium (Buffalo, NY), July 23, 1827