The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Democratic Free Press (Detroit, MI), June 9, 1850, page 1

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On seeing her leave on her first trip to Buffalo (Respectfully dedicated to Captain Willoughby)

"Atque retis summas levibus perlabitus undas." - Virgil
Forth on thy shining way, thou goodly bark,
In all the strength on glory of thy name;
And o'er the Ocean's of the West, thy fame
Extend abroad, e'en as the volumes dark
That rolled behind - as far from a prairie flame!
Spare, oh ye winds! and waves! our river's pride,
Ever most welcome be her mighty roar
To Friendship's listening ear, at either shore;
Going and coming like the steady tide,
That knows its destined time, and naught beside;
Till her last trip still prosperous be her way,
And, greater than the Emperor of yore,
May she (that is, her gallant Captain) say
(As heretofore,) "I'VE NEVER LOST A DAY."

D. -
DETROIT, June 4, 1850

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To be more prosaic, the 1052 t. sidewheeler OCEAN (later US#53063) was built by E. B. Ward at Newport (now Marine City, Michigan) in 1850. Perhaps she was not as successful as the poem hopes, as she was rebuilt to a barge after only 12 years of service, and grounded in a storm near Pte Aux Barques, Lake Huron, October 20, 1873, where she soon became a total loss.
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Dave Swayze
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Democratic Free Press (Detroit, MI), June 9, 1850, page 1