The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Black Rock Advocate (Buffalo, NY), 28 April 1836, page 3

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OPENING OF NAVIGATION.--We are as much gratified as surprised at being able to announce to our readers, that the navigation of Lake Erie is again open: and that the first vessel (the Steam Boat Daniel Webster) arrived at Buffalo yesterday, from Detroit, and sailed again this morning; and that a number of other vessels will sail in the course of to-day or to-morrow; although the bulk of our navigation will be obliged to remain in port, for want of freight, until the arrival of the first boats from Albany or Troy on the canal, which can hardly be expected before four or five days. The unprecedented severity and duration of the past winter had created such an extent and thickness of ice as to produce a general belief, a week ago, that the Lake would not be free earlier than the 10th or 15th of May; and our surprise on that account has been the more agreeable.

The breach near the upper end of our pier which we mentioned last week, and which, although it has not depressed the water in our harbor, yet, happening at its neck or narrowest part, has created a strong cross-current which renders the navigation extremely inconvenient and hazardous--is not yet repaired, in consequence of the impossibility or working at it during the running of the ice. We understand that the superintendent will now commence the repair immediately, and we trust he will follow it up during the summer, by such other works as will prevent the recurrence of similar accidents in future.


[An extended discussion of the Black Rock Pier continues]

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Richard Palmer
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Black Rock Advocate (Buffalo, NY), 28 April 1836, page 3