The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
St. Catharines Journal (St. Catharines, ON), October 7, 1841

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Vessel (Not) Over The Falls - Wednesday, Sept. 15th, was a great day at the Falls. Thousands of people assembled there, from all quarters, to behold the "sublime experiemnt", of a ship going over the cataract. Of course, there is always enough in and around the Falls, to gratify the visitor and descent of the vessel could add little to the sublimity of the spectacle, even had the experiment been successful. The day was very fine, the roads excessively dusty, and the tavern keepers prodigiously busy. Soon after three o'clock, the ship began to move from her moorings, and in a short time we could see two small boats leaving her, filled with men. As she neared the rapids, it was evident that she was too near the American side for the experiment to turn out successful - had she been forty or fifty yards closer to our shore, we have no doubt but she would have crossed the precipice entire, though probably not without loss of her masts. On she came at a quick rate, plunged into the rapids, soon after getting into which she upset, and lost two of her masts, then righted, advanced a little further, lost the other mast, and finally struck the rocks where she was finally fixed, when we left the scene, and will most likely remain there, until the ice of next winter knocks her to pieces.

The name of the ship originally was Detroit, but with the aid of a spy-glass we could percieve, that she had been re-christened Veto, which name was painted on her, in large letters - a hint to the President, that he had better "mind his eyes" or his opposition to the will of the sovereigns may cause him a journey similiar to that which the Buffalo people have given to his veto. - Niagara Chronicle

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Peter Warwick
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St. Catharines Journal (St. Catharines, ON), October 7, 1841