The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Gazette (Detroit, MI), 20 Nov. 1818, page 2

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The steam boat left here on Saturday for the last time this season. What was originally doubtful respecting her success, experience has rendered certain. Her power to resist the storms of the lake was questioned by many, and all were apprehensive that her receipts would not be proportioned to the expenditures of her liberal and enterprising owners. We are happy to find that these fears were groundless. She has encountered as severe gales as she probably will meet, and has proved her capacity for navigating these inland seas, in a manner to satisfy the most timid. The enterprise of her owners will be amply rewarded, and her stock equal to any steam boat in the union. She arrived at this place for the first time on the twenty-seventh day of August last, since which time we understand her receipts have exceeded ten thousand dollars. This has been done at the commencement of a doubtful experiment, and we have therefore every reason to expect that another season will find here in full possession of the business upon the lake, and with an income to satisfy the most sanguine.

The extent and importance of this internal navigation is seldom correctly appreciated. It stretches from Buffalo to Chicago without interruption, nearly one thousand miles, and a still greater distance to the head of Lake superior interrupted only by the rapids of St. Mary's. The immense countries upon the borders of these lakes, when their forests shall bow before the industry and enterprize of the American settler, will be filled with towns and villages, and thickly settled by an active and hardy population. Even now we are brought within 7 days journey of the city of New-York, and what may we not expect from the developement [sic] of American genius, and from the rapid march of science in our country?

The most gigantic speculations upon the subject of the western part of the United soon become sober and serious truths, and calculations apparently the most visionary are rendered erroneous only because they are exceeded by the reality.


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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Gazette (Detroit, MI), 20 Nov. 1818, page 2