The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Mon., August 7, 1876

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THAT FLOATING ISLAND - On Saturday afternoon, the steamer Evening Star, upon her trip up to the Star Island House, ran out to the floating island in Lake St. Clair, giving the excursionists a fine view of the wonder. It moves but very little, and lies about five miles south of the canal, and perhaps two miles to the eastward of the main course of vessels. Its size is some 600 to 800 in length, and from 100 to perhaps 300 feet in breadth. It is evident that there is little or no soil in the floating mass, but it is composed almost wholly of tall grass and an accumulation of roots and vegetable matter beneath. It is quite doubtful whether it could sustain the weight of a person, and in all probability a good sharp gale would very soon break it up. From whence so large a mass of vegetable matter came, or how it came to be detached from its former resting place is somewhat of a mystery. Doubtless the long continued high water has had much to do with detaching it from its place of growth.

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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Mon., August 7, 1876