The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), May 12, 1883

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The good people of Mackinac became considerably worked up when it was intimated that a fine passenger steamer was to be named after their picturesque island, and the fear that the name would not be spelled properly worked on them to such an extent that the following letter was sent to Mr. Carter:

Mackinac, May 2, 1883

David Carter, General Manager of Detroit and Cleveland Steam Navigation Company.

Dear Sir - We notice by the papers that your new steamer will be named the City of Mackinaw. If is the intention to name her after the island, the name should be spelled "Mackinac." That is the name of the post office and is the recognized way of spelling it by the government in all official communications with the government and military officers stationed here, also in the official matters pertaining to the state of Michigan. We presume that it is the intention to name her after the island, and it has been suggested to me by many of the prominent citizens of this place that I write to you the information. Honored by having the boat named after our island, we shall endeavor to present some token of our appreciation. I am, very respectfully,

Yours, etc.
Wm. P. PRESTON President, Mackinac Village

The following reply has been sent to the islanders:

The Hon. William P. Preston, Mackinac Village.

Dear Sir - I am in receipt of your esteemed favor of the 2nd inst., and am very much obliged for the information therein contained. We have paid no attention to the way the newspapers have spelled the name of our new boat, and it is our intention to name her after your village and island, and I shall spell it "City of Mackinac."

Yours respectfully,
General Manager

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Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), May 12, 1883