The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Manhattan (Propeller), 12 May 1850

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The propeller MANHATTAN, says the lake Superior Journal, is fairly under way on her land trip across the Portage. They commenced hauling her out of the water on the 12th., doing but little the first day, and she is at this time some 30 rods on her road. If they keep her moving at this rate she will be in the water of lake Superior in two weeks.
She is hauled on much the same kind of ways that a vessel is launched from, and there being several sets of ways, as fast as she leaves one set, it is carried forward to renew the track, which enables them to keep her constantly in motion. This vessel is a hundred and fifty feet in length, and weighs not less than four hundred and fifty tons, and it seems, to one unacquainted with this business, a Herculean undertaking; but in the hands of such men as Capt. Turner and Caldwell, with their capstans and powerful pulleys, it is carried forward with all ease, with no difficulty or trouble.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Saturday, June 1, 1850

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Manhattan (Propeller), 12 May 1850