The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Gazette (Detroit, MI), 4 July 1826, page 2

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Green Bay, June 10.

When I left Detroit, I promised to give you an account of any remarkable incidents that might happen in our journey; but they have all been of that ordinary, every-day kind, that I cannot think a recital of them can be interesting. Besides, almost every peculiar feature in the scenery we passed through, has already been described, and many of them in a scientific and satisfactory manner....

On the 27th May we left the wharf at Detroit, about eight o'clock in the morning, in the good steam-brig Superior, Capt. Sherman. We had on board 486 passengers, including the detachments of the 2d and 3d regiments of U.S. Infantry, according to the census taken by Lieut. Clitz, adjutant of the 2d. In a few hours, we passed through the strait of Detroit, and Lake St. Clair, and the highly picturesque scenery of the shores was seen to the best advantage under a clear sky and a brilliant sun. Those who had never visited them before, and some had travelled much in Europe, all concurred in awarding the palm of beauty to these oft-celebrated shores. The strait of Detroit is probably unequalled for mere beauty; but a mountain in the distance would contribute greatly to its appearance, and redeem it from the charge of tameness, so striking in an unvaried level shore, and so perpetually alluded to by those who confound, in all scenic appearances, the sublime with the beautiful.... Among the citizens, was Col. Morris, of New-York, an officer of the revolutionary war, and who was also in service during the war of 1812. On our passage up the strait and through Lake St. Clair, we were frequently gratified with the performances of the fine band of the second regiment....

I have now got over the Flats. In my next, I will give you a description of them, as far as I can from my own observation. The pilots were so busy, whilst our peril lasted, that I could get no information from them. We got over them, however, without difficulty.


*The name given to the New-York Indians, by the Menominees and Winebagoes.

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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Gazette (Detroit, MI), 4 July 1826, page 2