The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), 30 Mar, 1878

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THE ST. CLAIR CANAL. - The following regulations for the government of vessels passing through the St. Clair Flats Canal are established by authority of the Secretary of War as necessary for the proper protection of the banks of the canal from injury. All concerned will please take notice: This canal is for transit only; therefore, vessels are forbidden -

1. To land or tie up to the banks, unless on Government business.

2. To enter the canal in twos or abreast.

3. To pass the canal in tows in more than one line going each way.

4. To hug the canal banks in passing, but must keep in the middle of the canal, as consistent with safe navigation.

5. To pass the canal in the face of running ice, unless at their own risk and liability to make good damage to the banks resulting from the attempt.

6. Sailing vessels must not beat through canal, but must either tow through or wait for a fair wind. Paddle-wheel steamers and heavy draught propellers must slow down to four miles per hour in passing the canal.

7. All vessels inflicting damage on canal banks by reason of violation of these regulations will be held liable to the penalty of law for willful and unlawful damage.

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Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), 30 Mar, 1878