The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Gazette (Detroit, MI), 10 July 1818, page 2

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By a gentleman recently from Buffalo, we hear with pleasure that the Steam Boat may with certainty be expected to visit these delightful regions the first week in August--that the Light-House at Buffalo is half up, and one at Erie on the point of commencing; and, what is vastly more important to the people residing on lake Erie, and in this Territory, about 3000 men are now employed on the Grand Canal, the middle section of which (*from Utica to the outlet of the Cayuga lake) will be completed this season. The Commissioners appointed by Gov. Clinton are about inspecting Buffalo, in the view of forming a good harbour. and a spacious basin.

The wealthy proprietors of Dunkirk, residing in Albany, are also making great efforts to form a good harbour at that place; and the celebrated capt Butler (who opened eight bars from Middletown to Hartford, in connecticut, and gain from 5 to 9 feet water, merely by piling from the opposite shores, and leaving a sufficient channel to form a passage over them,) is now directing a similar operation, to admit vessels of burden into Grand River. The inhabitants of Cleveland, we are also gratified to hear, have it in contemplation to employ capt. Butler to open their bar, so as to admit vessels of burthen, and to allure the Steam Boat to make that thriving place on the points of stopping.

Considering Lake Erie, in a great measure free from shoals or rocks, when the harbours and Light Houses are constructed, and Steam Boats in operation, instead of being the most dangerous, it will in a short time become the safest lake navigation in the country.

4th of July

[c.4]...A number of captains of vessels in port and other gentlemen, also partook of a dinner at the public house of R. Smyth, Esq.--Over their heads, in addition to the national flag, wave one with the soul stirring motto--"Free trade and Sailors' Rights."

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Detroit Gazette (Detroit, MI), 10 July 1818, page 2