The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Diamond (Schooner), 1 Nov 1849

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AN IMPORTANT CLEARANCE. - The schooner DIAMOND, owned by Messrs. W.T. Richmond & Co., and commanded by Capt. Stone, clears today for New Orleans and the West Indies, by way of the Illinois and Michigan canal, and Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. On measurement, it was ascertained that the canal locks would admit her, and leave four inches to spare. Her masts have been taken down and stowed away, and will be put up after she arrives at St. Louis, from which point she is to depend on her sails. She will take in a load of corn at some point on the river. If after her arrival at New Orleans, there is not sufficient inducement to go to the West Indies, she will proceed to California.
      This will be the first lake and ocean vessel ever passed over our canal, and settles the question as to our connection with the ocean, even if Old Mother England should refuse free navigation of the St. Lawrence. - Chicago Journal.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Tuesday, November 27, 1849

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Diamond (Schooner), 1 Nov 1849