Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Walk-in-the-water (Steamboat), 20 Jan 1818
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We notice with pleasure, that large cables, anchors and other apparatus for the Steam Boat, now building on Lake Erie, have reached this city, on their way to Buffalo. We are informed it is the intention of the projectors of this novel enterprise, residing in this city, to put the boat in operation by the 20th June next. We also learn that contractors have gone out from Boston to construct two light houses on Lake Erie; that the oil for them is in the river, and that it is the intention to light them at the opening of navigation in the Spring. --- Albany Argus.
      Kingston Gazette
      January 20, 1818

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      Buffalo, August 25.
      STEAM BOAT. -- The new Steam Boat, WALK IN THE WATER, lately finished at Black Rock, came up the rapids on Saturday, opposite to this village. On Sunday afternoon she left here for Detroit, touching at the intervening ports, on an experimental voyage, under the superintendance of Mr. McQueen, the engineer who constructed her machinery. Her motion through the water, from this place, was at the rate of 7 miles per hour, and from every appearance, we doubt not that she will be found to fully answer the puropse, for which she was designed.
      Kingston Gazette
      September 15, 1818

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Walk-in-the-water (Steamboat), 20 Jan 1818