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

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The Plunge Over The Falls That Didn't Happen - We went yesterday, with all the world hereabouts, to see the barque Detroit go over the falls. At the appointed hour - 3 P.M. - the vessel was towed from the foot of Grand Island into the stream, to the very verge of the rapids, and then cut adrift. She took the first plunge gallantly head on, and for a moment seemed completely engulfed, but almost instantly the hull shot upwards from "the hell of waters", her main and foremasts went by the board, and on she went. The next descent was passed safely. At the third, the mizen mast gave away, and a few rods farther she grounded by the head. Her stern swung slowly round and grounded also. When we left Goat Island, she was lying broadside to the current, in its shallowest part, nearly midway between the island and the Canadian shore. She will probably lie there until she breaks to pieces, or until the river is swollen by a heavy south west gale driving the water down the lake and lifting her off. The day was delightful, and large numbers of spectators lined both shores. We took a malicious pleasure in enjoying their disappointment. Such an affair, at Niagara Falls, is something like sacrilege, and we hope it will not be repeated. - Buf. Com. Adv.

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