The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Lady Elgin (Steamboat), 5 May 1854

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When the Elephant went up the lake on the stm. LADY ELGIN, a few days since, we remarked that the huge traveler might be a somewhat ugly customer on board a boat. It appears that on the passage the wheelsman suddenly found difficulty in changing the boats course. For tug and pull, and bear on as much as he would, the wheel would not budge an inch.
"Port helm!" cried the Captain.
"Aye aye sir," responded the wheelsman.
But still the helm was hard a starboard, and the boat was taking a turn into the middle of the lake. The Captain swore, and tyhe mate made for the wheel house. Pushing the man aside, her took hold himself. It was of no use; the mate was no more successful than the wheelsman.
"Port helm for God's sake! Can't you see where the boat is going?" shouted out the Captain..
The mate declared that something was the matter with the wheel, as he could not stir it. The thing was perfectly inexplicable. The engine was stopped, and the master, mate, and all hands went below to see what could be the matter. After a search of some minutes, it was discovered that Mr. Siam, the "elephant" of the Menagerie, not liking the noisy rattling of chains overhead, had taken upon himself the responsibility of giving a new "turn" to affairs. With his trunk wound around the chain, he was with some difficulty that the keeper persuaded him that such liberties could not be allowed. It is said that he behaved quite well during the rest of the voyage.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 5, 1854 2-4

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Lady Elgin (Steamboat), 5 May 1854