The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Daily Advertiser (Detroit, MI), May 9, 1859

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The sidewheel and screw steamers which compose the several lines from Cleveland and Detroit to Lake Superior are as follows:
Steamer Illinois, John Fraser, Master.
Steamer North Star, B. G. Sweet, Master.
Screw Steamer Northern Light, John Spalding, Master.
Screw Steamer Iron City, J. E. Turner, Master.
Screw Steamer Montgomery, J. Nicholson, Master.
Propeller Mineral Rock, R. S. Ryder, Master.
Propeller Manhattan, Calvin Ripley, Master.

All of the above are large and capacious boats, capable of carrying all the passengers and freight that may offer. They are commanded by men who have been long engaged in the trade, and who are perfectly conversant with the navigation of Lake Superior and the St. Mary's River. We predict an increase in the amount of pleasure travel this season. The upper country holds out great inducements to those wishing to escape for a week from the din, bustle, heat and dust of the cities at the east and south. The scenery on St. Mary's River, at the Pictured Rocks, the Apostle Islands, Isle Royale and the North Shore, is magnificent, and often grand. At the entrance of the lake - about 15 miles above Saut Ste. Marie - On the Canada side , is a bold headland of porphryry, which rises some seven hundred feet above the waters of the lake, and bears the very appropriate name of Gros Cap. Off in the distance, on the same shore, large hills or mountains, can be seen, which present a grand appearance. When Whitefish Point -- 40 miles above the Saut -- is passed, the tourist enters fairly upon the broad waters of the Lake. The Pictured Rocks, about which so much has been said, are called by the Indians Schkuee-arch-ibi-kung, or "The end of the Rocks;" and by the French voyagers Les Portalis. They alone are worth a trip to the Lake.

The principal towns on the American shore are, Marquette, Copper Harbor, Eagle Harbor, Eagle River, Ontonagon, La Pointe and Superior. At Saut Ste. Marie, L'Anse and La Pointe, Roman Catholic and Methodist Missions are established. La Pointe is on Madaline Island -- one of the Apostles -- and is said to be the oldest settlement in Wisconsin, having been first settled by the Jesuits and the American Fur Company. The upper and lower towns, and, in fact, the whole island is very beautiful, and much more attention has been to the culture of fruit, vegetables and flowers than at any other point on the Lake. It, with Saut Ste. Marie and Copper Harbor, is a favorite resort with seekers after health, and about one mile from the latter place -- at Fort Wilkins -- is an extensive watering place, where are located good houses, and also the beautiful body of water, called Lake Fanny Hooe; and where boats and fishing tackle can be procured to capture the fish with which the streams and lakes abound.

Each individual place along the shore holds out inducements, and we can truly say that a person visiting Lake Superior in the summer months, on the fine steamers which ply from Cleveland and Detroit, will never regret it.

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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Daily Advertiser (Detroit, MI), May 9, 1859