The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 5 Jun, 1868

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LAKE TRAFFIC IN THE OLDEN TIME. -The Cleveland Herald of the 29th published an interesting letter from Usher Parsons, one of the four surviving heroes of Perry's victory, from which we extract the following:

"None of Perry's new vessels were built at Cleveland, nor even repaired there, there being no navy yard at that place for boat building, particularly after the war. The Cuyahoga was barred at its mouth, so that none but small boats could go in or out.

"Prior to the war of 1812, a large amount of alcohol or highwines, as they called it, was shipped in lake schooners to Mackinaw, in ten gallon kegs, and there converted into so many gallons of whiskey by the addition of water. This was sold or traded to the Indians. A good deal of the carrying trade on the lakes was the transportation of salt from Onondaga Springs, through the Oswego and Niagara River to Lake Erie, and thence to Detroit, and Cleveland. Trout and White Fish were sent to Cleveland, Erie and Buffalo.

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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 5 Jun, 1868