Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Walk-in-the-water (Steamboat), 1 Jun 1818
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STEAM-BOAT LAUNCH. -- From the Niagara Patriot, June 2. -- On Thursday last according to previous arrangements, was launched the elegant Steam-Boat at Black Rock, built by Mr. Brown of New York, who is one of the proprietors. She left the stocks a few minuits [sic] before one, and moved in a fine style without accident into her desined [sic] element, amidst the acclamations of the numerous spectators, who were highly gratified with the novelty of the scene. This Boat is intended to ply between Black Rock and the city of Detroit, touching at some of the intermediate ports on the American side of the lake, and is expected to go into operation early in July. The regularity and expedition of this mode of conveyance will be a great acquisition to men of business, and we cordially with the enterprising proprietors an extensive [sic] patronage, amply sufficient to remunerate them for their laudable and expensive undertaking.
      Detroit Gazette
      June 26, 1818 p.2, c.1

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      THE STEAM BOAT. -- By the politeness of a gentleman who left Buffalo on the 6th inst. we have been favored witht he Niagara Journal of the 4th, which says--"We understand that the Lake Erie Steam-Boat will be finished the present week, and that she will leave here for Detroit, on her first trip, about the 15th inst."
      Detroit Gazette
      August 14, 1818 p.2, c.3

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      The WALK-IN-THE-WATER. -- The Lyceum have appointed a committee to meet the elegant Steam-Boat, of this appropriate name, and to report on her tonnage, construction, accommodations, the particulars of her first voyage, &c. The committee will be accompanied by such members, citizens, and gentlemen from the British side of the Strait, as choose to go down on the occasion. The Steam-Boat will come to in Walk-In-The-Water Street off Roby's wharf. This celebrated chief is but recently deceased, & must have been uncomscious of the double honors about so soon to be conferred upon him. The WALK-IN-THE-WATER is thirteen horse power above the LIVINGSTON, and is supposed to be the finest Steam Boat in America, excepting that recently launched at New York, and destined to cross the Atlantic.
      Detroit Gazette
      August 14, 1818

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Walk-in-the-water (Steamboat), 1 Jun 1818