The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 21 Apr 1854, page 1

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LAUNCH OF THE WESTERN WORLD - This magnificent steamer was launched yesterday at 11 o'clock. The day was quite pleasant overhead, and the occasion attracted a larger concourse of spectators than we have seen at any thing of the kind heretofore - a large proportion being ladies. The work of cutting away the blocks was begun about 9 o'clock. At a quarter before eleven that part of the preliminaries was completed, and nothing remained but to cut the ropes which, fore and aft, held the braces. After ascertaining that all was right, the word was given, the cords were severed, and in a moment the magnificent vessel rushed down the ways, full broadside on, rolling up a tremendous wave as she entered the water, which in its movement to the opposite side of the creek came near to capsizing a couple of schooners, but fortunately did no other damage than to cause a little tumbling and fright to those who were on their decks. The water thus driven up returned, and with such force as to flow some distance up the banks, rendering it necessary for those who stood there to make a hasty and ridiculous retreat. The launch, however, was quite exciting. Everything went well. The risk unavoidable from launching so large a craft side-ways was great, but not a bolt nor a seam were started. No steamer of anything like the size of the "Western World" has been launched with so much machinery in her.

The "Western World" and the "Plymouth Rock" will be pushed forward to a speedy completion, and in a few weeks take their place in the Michigan Central Railroad Line - Buff. Cour., Tuesday.[20th]

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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 21 Apr 1854, page 1