The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Black Rock Advocate (Buffalo, NY), 30 Dec. 1836, page 3

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NAVIGATION--COMMERCE OF LAKE ERIE.--The "tide of emigration" is now fairly frozen up, and thus forced off the beaten track, at least until next spring. The season has been an unparalleled one for business, and the small number of disasters in proportion to the amount of business done, augurs well for the experience and good management of our seamen. The lake business has been profitable to all engaged in it this season, giving to the forwarding and commission merchant all that he could do "in his line of business," and loading down to "the water's edge," every thing that could float on water and carry a yard of canvass or a steam engine. We have watched with no little degree of feelings of pride, the permanent and rapid increase of business on Lake Erie, for the last five years. But a few years ago and the whole of the trade of the Lake was done by the well known and formidable boats Henry Clay, Wm. Penn, Superiour, Enterprise, and Niagara, and some 12 or 15 schooners. But to do the business of the past season it has required the constant service of some 25 or 30 steamboats, and at least 150 ships, brigs, schooners and sloops. These are facts, and if they had been predicted a few years ago, the person that made the assertion would have been stamped at once as a wild and visionary calculator. To the enterprising and trustworthy capitalists of Buffalo, engaged in the Lake commerce, is the whole west indebted for a goodly number of the "lofty spars" and "floating castles," on the Lakes; but while we make this assertion, we would no lessen the praiseworthy exertions of the "hundred and one" cities of the "far west"--they have their share in the grand scene of bustle, and have done much for the commerce of the west- -but after all, Buffalo is the great mart, and is to Dunkirk, Erie, Cleveland, Sandusky, Detroit, Chicago, &c. &c. what New-York is to Philadelphia, Baltimore, Boston--the great sea port, to which all must make the polite bow of inferiority.--Dunkirk Beacon.

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Richard Palmer
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Black Rock Advocate (Buffalo, NY), 30 Dec. 1836, page 3