The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Alice (Yacht), 27 May 1847

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The Canadian yacht ALICE arrived direct from Montreal.... the first vessel that has ever reached Lake Erie from the ocean.
      Detroit Advertiser
      May 27, 1847
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      Yacht ALICE
Direct From The Atlantic! The beautiful yacht ALICE, belonging to the Hon. H. Killaly, arrived at our wharves yesterday, direct from Montreal, bound for Sault Ste Marie. Her intelligent owner, who is on board, has been engaged in the survey of the proposed Canadian Canal around the Sault, and is now going up on business connected with the mineral enterprise.
This is the first ocean vessel that has ever reached Lake Erie from the ocean. When she arrived at her destination, she will be, thousands of miles from the Atlantic, at a point accessible by water a few years since only to bark canoes carried across traverses and around falls. She is but the herald of full-freighted vessels that in a short time will carry their cargoes unbroken from the shores of Europe to the extremity of Lake Michigan. What commercial wonders will not the improvements of the present age effect!
      Detroit Daily Advertiser
      May 27, 1847

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William R. McNeil
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Alice (Yacht), 27 May 1847