Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Black Rock Gazette (Buffalo, NY), 11 Aug. 1827, page 3
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Freighted with a cargo of ferocious Living Animals, Will pass the great rapids and Falls of NIAGARA, 8th Sept. next, at 3 o'clock, P.M.--This passage, if successful, will be the first attempted over this stupendous precipice. The Michigan has long braved the billows of Erie with success, as a merchant vessel; but having been condemned by her late owners as unfit to sail longer proudly "above"; her present proprietors, in conjunction with several publick spirited friends, have appointed her to convey a cargo of living animals of the forests, which encompass the great upper Lakes, through the white tossing and deep rolling rapids of the Niagara, and down its grand precipice, into the basin "below." The greatest exertions are making to procure animals of the most ferocious kinds, such as Panthers and Wild Cats, Bears and Wolves; but, in lieu of some of these that may be impossible to obtain, a few vicious, worthless Dogs, and some few of the toughest of the lesser animals, will be added, to complete the cargo.

Captain JAMES ROUGH, of Black Rock, the oldest navigator of the upper lakes, has generously volunteered his services to manage this enterprise, in which he will be ably seconded by Mr. L. Allen, mate of the steamboat Niagara. Their assistants will be men of strength and capacity. The manager will proceed seasonably with experiments, to ascertain the most eligible point, from which to detach the "condemned Vessel" for the rapids.

It is intended to have the Michigan fitted up in the style in which she is to make her splendid but perilous descent, where she now lies in the harbour at Black Rock, at the Ferry. She will be dressed as a piratical Vessel; besides her Menagerie, of wild and tame aminals, it is proposed to palce a Crew (in effigy) on board, at proper stations. The animals will be well secured. During the 7th, she may be examined, together with her cargo and crew, by the curious, where she now lies, at a small expense. On the morning of the 8th, she will be towed from her present position to the foot of Navy Island, by the steamboat Chippewa; from whence she will begin her voyage. Those who feel desirous of taking passage in the Michigan, to Yale's Inn, can do so at 50 cents each.


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Richard Palmer
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Black Rock Gazette (Buffalo, NY), 11 Aug. 1827, page 3