The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), May 29, 1850

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Moving Vessels Over Land. - The Lake Superior Journal of the 15th thus de the movements of a Propeller. It says:

The Propeller Manhattan is fairly underway on her land trip across the Portage. - They commenced hauling her out of the water on the 12th, doing but little the first day, and she is at this time some thirty rods on her road. if they keep moving at this rate she will be in the waters of Lake Superior in two weeks.

She is hauled on much the same kind of ways that a vessel is launched from, and there being several sets of ways, as fast as she leaves one set, it is carried forward to renew the track which enables them to keep her almost constantly in motion.

This vessel is 150 feet in length and weighs not less than 450 tons, and it seems, to one unacquainted with this business, a herculean undertaking; but in the hands of such men as Captains Turner and Caldwell, with their capstans and powerful pulleys, it is carried forward with all ease, with no difficulty or trouble.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), May 29, 1850