Barque DETROIT--The gale having kept many of our lake craft in port, opportunity was taken of the circumstance to summon several of the masters to sit in judgement on the barque DETROIT. She was condemned yesterday. Just after the verdict of condemnation was rendered, Capt. Wilkeson of the COMMODORE PERRY, a gallant, true hearted sailor, who had also distinguished himself in the last war, recalled to the remembrance of those present, the fact that just 26 years before to a day, and almost to a minute, the vessel they had just condemned, hauled down the British Ensign and surrendered to Perry in the battle of Lake Erie. The DETROIT was one of the British squadron, and for many years after the battle was sunk. Some two or three years since she was raised, refitted as a merchantman, and, though carrying in her timbers many iron messages sent the 10th. of Sept. 1813, has done good service. Her condemnation on the aniversary of that day is a curious coincidence. --- Buffalo Commercial Advertiser, Sept.11.
Cleveland Daily Herald & Gazette
Friday, September 13, 1839
A Chance For Speculation.--The old Barque DETROIT, laying in the Creek, was condemned last season as unseaworthy, and the owner have obtained permission of the Council to burn her. Why not buy her of the owners and send her over the Falls. It would certainly prove advantageous to the various hotel proprietors, and the rail road Company, to go into it, and send her over when the fashionables begin to gather at Niagara.
Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
Wednesday, May 19, 1841 p.2 col.3