The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Gazette (Detroit, MI), 1 Aug. 1826, page 2

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Steam Boat accident--In the afternoon of the 28th ult., while entering Sandusky Bay, on her trip to this place, the air pump beam of the Henry Clay suddenly broke at the centre of the force pump. We learn that at the time of the accident there was no wind, and but very little motion of the water--the steam also was quite low. The misfortune can only be attributed to the carelessness of the machine maker, in suffering the beam to go from his hands in a very imperfect state. There was a flaw in the casting at the place where it broke that should have condemned the beam. Notwithstanding that by this accident about two thirds of the power of the engine was lost, she arrived at this place on the following morning. Immediately after the accident Capt. Norton despatched an express to New York for another beam, and it is expected that the boat will not be detained from her regular trips more than twelve or fourteen days.

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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Gazette (Detroit, MI), 1 Aug. 1826, page 2