The Maritime History of the Great Lakes

Stanton, Samuel Ward, Attributed name
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Sketch and notes on the WALK-IN-THE-WATER
Illustration from Stanton, Samuel Ward, American Steam Vessels ,1895, page 25

Walk in the Water

Built 1818, at Black Rock, N. Y.

Hull, of Wood Built by Noah Brown. Length 135 feet, breadth of beam 32 feet, depth of hold 18 feet 3 inches

Engine, "Square," Constructed by Robert McQueen, at New York"

Tonnage 338 60/95

This steamboat, the first constructed for use on the Great Lakes, above Niagara Falls, was launched on May 28, 1818. She was owned by James B. Stuart, Nathaniel Davis, Asa H. Center, Ralph Pratt, James Durant, John Mads [Meads], Robert McQueen, Alexander McMuir, Noah Brown and Samuel McCoun. She left Black Rock (Buffalo) on her first trip August 25, 1818, and reached Detroit in 44 hours and 10 minutes. She continued to run on this route, and also made a few trips to the island of Mackinac and Green Bay, for three seasons. On November 1, 1821 she was driven ashore near Buffalo, during a gale of wind. No lives were lost but the boat was so badly damaged as to be of no further use. Her papers were surrendered April 5, 1822, and the hull broken up. Her engine was placed in the new steamboat SUPERIOR, in 1822 and portions of it were aferward used in the steamboatWATERLOO built 1840, and lost with her, in 1840.

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    Latitude: 42.454166 Longitude: -81.121388
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Sketch and notes on the WALK-IN-THE-WATER