The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Gazette (Detroit, MI), 4 Aug. 1820, page 2

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We publish with sincere pleasure the following additional testimonial, to the many heretofore given, of the entire satisfaction which is manifested by every distinguished passenger that has committed himself to the care and attentions of capt. J. Rogers, of the Walk-in-the-Water, and of the high estimation in which that excellent boat is held by all who, as passengers in her, have had the felicity of visiting this delightful country.

"Maj. Gen. Scott, Colonels Mitchell, House, Eustes, Pinckney, and Walbach, Capt. Craig, Lieutenants Monroe and Porter, and Mr. M'Call, of Philadelphia, tender their thanks to Capt. Rogers, master of the Steam-Boat Walk-in-the-Water, for his very polite attentions to them in their recent passage from Buffalo to this place on board of his boat, and add; they have never had a more pleasant passage, so far as respects the goodness of the boat, the excellence of the accommodations, fare, attendance, &c.

"Detroit, Aug. 1, 1820."


Last evening between 8 and 9 o'clock, this place was visited by a severe storm of wind and rain, accompanied by vivid lightning and thunder. During the storm the Schr. Tiger parted from Roby's wharf and was very soon thrown on her beam ends by the force of the wind, in which situation she was driven out into the river.--Her perilous situation was soon discovered, and by the manful exertions of the crews of the vessels in port, assisted by several of our active and humane citizens, her crew (six men) were saved, and she was towed into shallow water below the public wharf. During the storm a Mrs. Pherson, who resided a short distance above the city, was killed by lightning.

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    Latitude: 42.33143 Longitude: -83.04575
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Detroit Gazette (Detroit, MI), 4 Aug. 1820, page 2