Great Western (Steamboat), 1 Dec 1838
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FIGURE-HEAD.---Captain Walker intends the GREAT WESTERN shall take the lead in size, beauty, and speed of any craft that 'walks in the waters' next season. We saw the figure-head for his new boat on board the COLUMBUS this morning, a most splendidly executed bust of the Great Discoverer, in the rich, showy costume of Old Spain. It was wrought by Mr.Weeden of Buffalo, and does great credit to the artist.
'Old Salts' who have examined it, pronounce the workmanship a touch better than any figure-head ever washed by the salt sea. It may be a 'tough yarn,' but 'Columbus' will certainly figure next season 'large as life, and twice as natural.'--------Cleveland Herald & Gazette
Daily Mercury, Buffalo
December 6, 1838
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- William R. McNeil
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Maritime History of the Great Lakes