The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Black Rock Advocate (Buffalo, NY), 11 Nov. 1836, page 3

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From the Ohio's People's Press.

SHIP NAVIGATION ON LAKE SUPERIOR.-- I can add my individual testimony in favor of the truth of the following statement, and it is a matter of astonishment that, in this age of internal improvement and bold adventure, such an important project, as that of making a ship channel from the head of the straits of St. Mary into Lake Superior, should have been so long neglected by the Government, and by private companies.--There is a mill race, at this time, from the foot of the Lake to the foot of the rapids, for the purpose of driving a saw-mill, belonging to the U. States, and through this race the Macinac boats, carrying about ten tons, pass up from the foot of the rapids into the Lake, and on to Fond du Lac, its western extremity. It is about one mile in length, and while walking along the bank of it, a few years ago, I was convinced of the entire practicability of making a ship channel on the line of the mill race, for about the expense stated below. I join with the editor of the Albany Whig in the hope, that so desirable an object may attract, either the favor of the Government, or the attention of private enterprise.

"Three ship locks of seven feet lift only, would overcome the falls of St. Mary, and open the navigation of Lake Superior to the shippers of Buffalo. The canal would not be a mile in length, and the ground is favorable for the work. Sixteen hundred miles of coast navigation would be added to the present amount. Vast tracts of valuable land would be opened to the public, and the boundless treasures taken from the woods, the waters and the land would repay the trouble and expenses necessary to carry out the project. One hundred thousand dollars would cover the cost of the work.

It is said that the country which would be opened to commercial enterprise by such a canal, contains millions of acres of good land, singularly connected by natural channels of water communication in the interior.

We hope that Buffalo and Detroit may take up the project, and carry it into execution. It will be of inestimable importance to them, and the country at large.--Albany Whig.

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Richard Palmer
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Black Rock Advocate (Buffalo, NY), 11 Nov. 1836, page 3