The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
New England (Steamboat), 15 Feb 1838

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      Late Navigation - January 29th the steam boat NEW ENGLAND reached Buffalo from up the lake, and on the 27th the ROBERT FULTON arrived at Detroit from below. The Buffalo Journal on the 28th says the NEW ENGLAND was unable to make the dock at Erie in consequence of the ice. The Journal adds:
      "The NEW ENGLAND left Grand River last evening and was out last night in one of the most violent storms we have experienced for some months - her sides were litterally covered with ice, and her upper decks with snow. This, we believe, is the only instance we have on record of the lake ever being navigated at so late a period of the season and attaches great credit to Captain Champlain for his untiring perseverance in returning and to Captain Burnett, an old navigator of
the lakes, who officiated as sailing master, as indeed it does to all who were on board."
      St.Catharines Journal
      February 15, 1838

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New England (Steamboat), 15 Feb 1838