The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Manhattan (Propeller), 29 May 1850

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Moving Vessels Over Land. - The Lake Superior Journal of the 15th thus the movements of a Propeller. It says:
The Propeller MANHATTAN is fairly underway on her land trip across the Portage. - They commenced hauling her out of the water on the 12th, doing but little the first day, and she is at this time some thirty rods on her road. if they keep moving at this rate she will be in the waters of Lake Superior in two weeks.
She is hauled on much the same kind of ways that a vessel is launched from, and there being several sets of ways, as fast as she leaves one set, it is carried forward to renew the track which enables them to keep her almost constantly in motion.
This vessel is 150 feet in length and weights not less than 450 tons, and it seems, to one unacquainted with this business, a herculean undertaking; but in the hands of such men as Captains Turner and Caldwell, with their capstans and powerful pulleys, it is carried forward with all ease, with no difficulty or trouble.
      Oswego Commercial Times
      May 29, 1850

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New Steam Trip- The propeller MANHATTAN recently made a trip to the head of Lake Superior, and thence to the Chippewa village at Fron Du Lac , 20 miles up the St. Louis river. The wildness of savage life in that quarter had
never before been startled by civilizing steam, and the Chippewas gazed with wonder upon the "fire canoe." The climate and sail of Fon du Lac region is said to be quite congenial to agriculture, vegetation growing raukly(?).
      Oswego Commercial Times
      Monday, August 5, 1850

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Manhattan (Propeller), 29 May 1850