The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Gazette (Detroit, MI), 17 Oct. 1826, page 2

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A Light-House.--A petition was forwarded to Washington last fall, by the inhabitants of Mackina, for an appropriation for the erection of a light-house on the Island of Bois Blanc, in the strait of Michilimackinac, and about ten miles, below the island of that name. We are informed that the committee on commerce required, at the last session, more proof as to the necessity of a light-house at that place, to justify them in recommending an appropriation. Measures have been adopted to send additional evidence of the necessity of the measure, and little doubt exists as to the success of the application. Our national legislators cannot be supposed to be ignorant of the great increase and value of the commerce, which is now carried on, on our interior seas--and we would suppose they required only the testimony of a few of our most experienced lake captains, to induce them to favorable consideration of the proposed measure--testimony which can be easily obtained; for all who are in the least acquainted with the subject, concur in saying that there is no point in the upper lakes where a light house is more wanted.


The Michigan Sentinel informs that the survey of La Plaisance Bay Harbor is completed, and that the engineers found an average depth of 8 or 10 feet of water in the bay, and a channel into it of sufficient width to admit any vessels that navigate the lakes--the anchorage is also represented as being good.

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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Gazette (Detroit, MI), 17 Oct. 1826, page 2