The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Over-Land Navigation
Wayne Sentinel (Palmyra, NY), 11 May 1825

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Over-Land Navigation. - The Packet Boat Andrew Jackson, was on Saturday last raised out of the basin below the ravine in this village, taken upon wheels, and drawn over the Portage, a distance of five miles. She was drawn by oxen, and we understand has been safely launched in Tonawanda creek, where the proprietors intend to run her for the transportation of passengers. While the boat was moving through the village, a question was raised by those who were disposed to be a little waggish, with respect to her liability to pay the twenty cents per mile exacted by some of our worthy canal commissioners on "all boats used for the transportation of passengers."

On a little reflection, however, it was agreed that the jurisdiction of the commissioners did not extend beyond the towing path, and she was therefore suffered to proceed without the interference of a collector; - besides it was not to be imagined by the Commissioners, that the stock of the "Pilot Line" was to be depreciated, so long as the Packet Boat kept on a footing that precluded the possibility of its entering into a successful competition with our gentlemen of the Freight Boats. - Lockport Observatory.

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11 May 1825
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.1706628018837 Longitude: -78.6936950683594
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Over-Land Navigation