The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Columbus (Steamboat), 8 May 1843

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First Arrival From Buffalo
      The stm. COLUMBUS, Capt. Whittaker, arrived here about 9:00this morning from Buffalo, which place she left on Saturday evening the very day she was advertised to leave, which shows Capt. W.'s good judgement about the ice and the lake navigation. The COLUMBUS encountered no ice solid enough to stop her engines a moment until she got opposite Erie, in the night. So navigation between Buffalo and Detroit may be considered fairly open for the season.
      The COLUMBUS made an elegant appearance as she came into port. She has been thoroughly repaired and neatly painted, and is one of the finest looking as well as one of the safest steamboats on the lakes. With such an experienced, gentlemanly, enterprising, careful commander as Capt. Whittaker, she may be considered No. 1. The COLUMBUS brought a good load of passengers and freight.
      Detroit Free Press
      May 8, 1843

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Columbus (Steamboat), 8 May 1843