The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Gazette (Detroit, MI), 27 Mar. 1818, page 2

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The Fisheries.--The attention of the inhabitants of this territory has not infrequently been called to the importance of the fisheries with which our rivers and lakes abound; and, in order to furnish another proof of their value, and give an additional excitement to those already engaged in that profitable business, we are induced to give publicity to the following article from a Cincinnati paper. It is to be hoped that the enterprize of our citizens will supersede the necessity of establishing fishing companies at Cincinnati, which, it will be perceived, is seriously recommended. Ohio has already profited much by our neglecting to improve the advantages with which we are blessed, in furnishing us with beef, pork, and bread stuffs, for which we have given our money; and it would be a source of much regret if our neglect should furnish her with an opportunity of wresting from us the profit arising from our fisheries.


Large sums of money are annually remitted from the western country to the eastern cities for the purchase of salted fish many of which are great inferior to those taken in the waters of lake Erie. One hundred and sixty barrels of the lake fish have been lately brought to this town and sold for twenty dollars per barrel. They are of an excellent quality, much superior to mackerel. The rivers emptying into the lakes furnish an inexhaustible supply, which may be taken in seines or traps.-- Twenty-seven barrels of fish of a superior quality have been taken in one night in a single trap on the Anglaise. the fall season is the best time to taken them for exportation, but they equally abound at all seasons of the year. Those which have been brought here, were taken at Detroit and sent to Erie; thence to Le boeuf, at the head of French Creek, by a land carriage of sixteen miles. This stream unites with the Allegheny, about thirty miles below Meadville, and we believe is always navigable in the month of December.-- Fish can be brought from Detroit by that route in from four to six weeks.

A company established in this town might supply the whole western country, and we are not a little surprised that such an establishment has never been thought of. It would form a very considerable item in our domestic resources. Any plan that can be devised to retain our money at home is entitled to a respectful attention. Our commercial intercourse with the eastern states, as at present conducted, will forever impoverish us, and every step that is taken to diminish that intercourse will add to the wealth and importance of the west.

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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Gazette (Detroit, MI), 27 Mar. 1818, page 2