The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Gazette (Detroit, MI), 30 May 1826, page 2

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Oakland & Macomb.--...The Clinton, which is its serpentine course passes through an extent of at least fifty miles of country, in the county of Macomb, affords from its mouth to the western boundary of the county, an excellent batteau navigation; and form the evenness of its banks, and the ease with which tow-paths can be made upon them, it will shortly be found to be almost as useful for transportation, as a well made canal would be through the same district. During our tour, we had the satisfaction of seeing a keel-boat of about 70 tons burthen, which had been built upon the Clinton during the spring, upwards of 30 miles, as the river runs, above Mount Clemens. She was taken down the river to Mount Clemens without any other difficulty but what the drift wood occasionally interposed. This boat belongs to Ellis Doty, Esq. and is intended, as we are informed, to ply between Mount Clemens and Detroit, in the wood and lumber trade. Another boat, of a construction to suit the navigation of the Clinton, of about fourteen tons burthen, is also nearly completed at Mack's lower mill. When it is considered that the Clinton affords an excellent batteau navigation to within eleven miles of Pontiac, and that the roads from its navigable point, in every direction , are good throughout the year we are surprised at the want of enterprise which is indicated by the fact that this stream has remained useless until the present period. And this, too, when from the first settlement of Pontiac to this time,the badness of the ordinary route has caused transportation to be as high as 75 cents per hundred for 25 miles--and in some instances we have paid one dollar per hundred from Detroit to Pontiac! They manage these things better in Washtenaw. Already two or three fine boats are plying between Detroit and woodruff's Grove and Ann Arbor, and afford the greatest facilities for the economical and comfortable movement of families. Indeed the Washtenaw people have extended their enterprise in navigation so far, as to discover recently a water communication from Ann Arbor to Pontiac, with the exception of a portage of only a few rods--and it is only a few days since that a canoe, laden with the flour of 40 bushels of wheat, cleared from Pontiac for Ann Arbor.

...Mount Clemens is pleasantly situated on the north bank of the clinton. its situation is high and healthful, and the soil of a clean and rich loam. The view to lake St. Clair will be delightful, when the narrow strip of forest which now intervenes, shall have fallen before the arm of improvement. Mount Clemens at this time has an appearance of business which we have not heretofore witnessed there. Among the works going on at that place, we should not omit to mention the elegant schooner now on the stocks. She is of the most approved model, and will rate at 120 tons. The manner in which the work is executed would do honor to any of the Atlantic ship-yards. Capt. F.Church, the builder, informs, that he has never been able to obtain better timber for ship-building, than that which he cut in the vicinity of Mount Clemens; and there can be no doubt but many fine vessels will be built on the spot where the present beautiful specimen stands. ...

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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Gazette (Detroit, MI), 30 May 1826, page 2