The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Black Rock Gazette (Buffalo, NY), 7 Dec. 1826, page 3

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Lake Erie Harbors.--It seems that the cargo of the Schr. Erie, Capt. Stanard, of this port, (and which was stranded at Cleaveland,) was very valuable: that $10,000 will not cover the loss, and that no insurance was effected on the cargo.

The Cleaveland Herald, expresses its conviction, that twice the amount of this loss would place the harbor at that place in a safe and eligible situation, for the reception of any lake vessels; that a memorial should be addressed to congress for assistance.

The importance of a harbor, at Cleaveland, is increased more than two fold: the commerce of the lake has doubled within two years past: and two years hence, the amount of business in the way of commerce, between Cleaveland and Buffalo and Black Rock, will no doubt be quadrupled.

The liberality of Congress at the last session, was shown in the appropriations to many of the ports on Lake Erie: and, we have not the smallest doubt, but that, with a proper representation of the dangers of the navigation of this Lake, and the necessity of convenient and safe harbors; and of its enhanced value, at the present time, over former years; and of its probable increase, when the Ohio canal is completed; that that spirit of liberality will be extended to those places, which have not as yet participated in the bounty of the Congress of the United States.

Cleaveland harbor, may be of national importance, if the national government conclude to prosecute their system of roads and canals.

Had we time, this week, we could point out, we think, conclusively, the importance and utility of another harbor, in a national point of view; and as necessarily connected with the national system. But we forbear, at present.

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Richard Palmer
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Black Rock Gazette (Buffalo, NY), 7 Dec. 1826, page 3