The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Gazette (Detroit, MI), 16 July 1824, page 1

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Steam Boat Celebration.

At the firing of the signal gun on the morning of the fifth, a large concourse of the citizens, comprising principally the beauty and fashion of our city, assembled on board the Steam Boat Superior, to join in the festivities of a day, which fitted up the measure of forty eight years of freedom. The band struck up Hail Columbia, and the boat majestically breasting a rapid current, moved up the river in fine style. The satisfaction depicted on the happy faces of those on board, was heightened into delight, in the contemplation of the scenery, on the borders and in the midst of this beautiful river....When the party had proceeded some distance into the Lake, their passage enlivened by the numerous cotillions which were formed by the dancers in different parts of their little world, the boat changed her course, and in passing the City, saluted our fellow citizens on shore, who were with us in heart, if not in person, which was answer, by Capt. Woodworth's company of artillery. At four o'clock, in the midst of the Islands which beautify the lower part of our river, the party partook of an elegant dinner, comprehending every luxury which the country affords....

The Boat then again cleaved her passage through the opposing waters; the rolling of the hollow drum and the deep toned voice of the boat's gun were again heard, while the many dancers "tripped it on the light fantastic toe" till the close of the day bro't them to the dock, joyous in the existence and grateful to the authors, of this, their national jubilee....

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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Gazette (Detroit, MI), 16 July 1824, page 1