The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Buffalo Whig & Journal (Buffalo, NY), 1 July 1835, page 2

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Fourth of July.--For an unusual thing, we hear of no arrangements to celebrate the anniversary in Buffalo. Our neighbours of White-Haven, however, we understand, are expecting on that day to launch their new Schooner O-wa-nun-gah (The Indian name for Grand Island), being about 150 tons burthen, and the first one every built on the Niagara, below Black Rock. She is said to be of a tasteful model, and constructed in the most substantial manner. We hear, also, that the workmen in the great saw-mill there, intend to cut up, with their saws, a white oak tree, weighing about 20 tons, being 64 feet long, and averaging near 4 feet in diameter, or 42 feet in circumference. This, to us, who only accustomed to the common cutting of a 12 foot long in a saw-mill, will be no common affair. Some other very large trees, we are told, are to be cut up in the several parts of the mill. A short oration will be delivered by John L. Talcott, Esq. of this city, and on the whole, we promise ourselves a novel as well pleasant amusement for the day.

The steam-boat General Porter, it is expected, will leave the foot of Main-street, for White-Haven at half past 9 o'clock in the morning, and return at 5 in the afternoon.

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Richard Palmer
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Buffalo Whig & Journal (Buffalo, NY), 1 July 1835, page 2