Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Black Rock Gazette (Buffalo, NY), 28 July 1827, page 3
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INFERNAL NAVIGATION, OR A TOUCH OF THE SUBLIME!-- We are authorised to announce, to the publick, that on Sautrday, the eighth day of September next, at 3 o'clock P.M. the large and staunch built schooner Michigan, (burthen 136 tons,) will make her grand descent through the rapids, and over the falls of Niagara.

A number of gentlemen on both sides of the river, have united in the purchase of this vessel for the purpose of treating themselves and their friends to a spectacle which, in point of magnificence and awful grandeur, can hardly be equalled by the combinations of nature and art, in any other part of the world.

The hatches, companion way, and windows of the Michigan will be securely closed, so as to prevent the intrusion of water; and if she shall be so fortunate as to pass the rapids and reach the head of the fall at the Horse Shoe, uninjured, it is believed, that she will effect the perpendicular leap of 160 feet, without breaking--as the basin in which she will light, is probably five or six hundred feet in depth, and the buoyancy of the vessel will prevent her from reaching the rocks at the bottom. She will be towed by boats to the entrance of the rapids, so as to give her the most safe and eligible direction; and she will cary on her deck a number of living animals of the greatest bone and muscle, (such as bears, dogs, cats, &c.) the greatest part, and probably the whole, of which, it is confidently anticipated, will survive the shock without injury, and will be seen, after a proper time, emerging from the abyss, and wending their way to the shores from which they were respectively taken.

The most eligible positions for witnessing this exhibition, will be found on Goat or Iris island, and on the British shore; or, (for those who wish to add to the scene a little more of the terrifick,) in the basin below the Falls.

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Richard Palmer
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Black Rock Gazette (Buffalo, NY), 28 July 1827, page 3