The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Buffalo Whig (Buffalo, NY), 3 June 1835, page 2

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Of the thousands of idle paragraphs about the ice in Lake Erie, the offspring of honest belief, of ignorance, and sometimes of a worse incentive, we usually take no notice--for where best understood, they are least heeded. The last we have seen in the Ontario Repository, whose editor says: "The long continuance of the ice in the harbour of Buffalo, is every year felt as a serious inconvenience," &c.; and he concludes with the hope that the Lake may in future be open as early as the canal.

The editor has heard so much clamour, on this point, by those who seem to think Buffalo somewhat in their way, that his falling into this pit is not surprising; but the truth is, there never has been but two seasons before the present--just three in all--since the Erie Canal was built, that the whole of Lake Erie was not open to free navigation before the canal was filled.

Of a piece with all this and very near of kin thereto, is the tale of wonderment now travelling the rounds of the periodical press, namely, that the Steam Boat Superiour [sic] was sunk, a few days since, on Lake Erie, with one thousand people on board! We have no such boat running, and the whole story is one manufactured, entire,--for what purpose, we leave the reader to infer.


Commodore Perry.--This is the name of another "floating castle upon Lake Erie, which came into port last week from Perrysburgh, Ohio, where she was built. The Perry is a steam boat of three hundred and fifty tuns burden, fitted up in the fine style now common here, & is commanded by Capt. Wilkeson. She is owned, principally, by Messrs. John Hollister & Co. Perrysburgh, and Joy & Webster, of this city.

She left port on Sunday last for the west, stowed to overflowing with freight and passengers.


Disastrous Wreck.-- The Ashtabula Sentinel of Saturday last, states that the schooner Parrot, of that port, sailed for Detroit on the 19th May, and is supposed to have foundered. The vessel was of about twenty tuns burden, and had the following persons on board: Thomas Booth, captain; Jas. Parrish and George Shepherd, hands; and Col. William Humphrey, passenger, all of Ashtabula, and Wm. Leach, of Ohio and ---- Brainard, of New-York, also passengers. The Parrot's cargo was iron, glass and whiskey, with a deck load of live hogs. Most of the hogs swam ashore the day after the Parrot sailed: and subsequently her false keel, small boat, and Col. Humphrey's trunk were washed ashore by the surf. From these facts, no doubt remains that the vessel foundered, with all on board-- probably in the heavy squall which she was known to have encountered soon after leaving port.

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Richard Palmer
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Buffalo Whig (Buffalo, NY), 3 June 1835, page 2