Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Walk-in-the-water (Steamboat), 28 Aug 1818
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Steam-Boat Arrived! - Yesterday, between the hours of 10 and 11 A.M. the elegant steam boat WALK-IN-THE-WATER, Capt. Fish, arrived. As she passed the public wharf and that owned by Mr. J.S. Roby, she was cheered by hundreds of inhabitants, who had collected to witness this (in these waters) truely novel and grand spectacle. She came to at Wing's wharf.
      She left Buffalo at 1:30 on the 23d, and arrived off Dunkirk at 35 minutes past 6 the same day. On the following morning she arrived at Erie, Capt. Fish having reduced her steam during the night in order not to pass that place where she took in a supply of wood. At half past 7 P.M. she left Erie, and came to at Cleveland at 11 o'clock on Tuesday-- at 20 minutes past 6 o'clock P..M. sailed, and arrived off Sandusky Bay at 1:00 on Wednesday, lay at anchor during the night, and then proceeded to Venice for wood, left Venice at 3:00 P.M. and arrived at the mouth of the Detroit River, where she anchored during the night; the whole time employed in sailing, in the first voyage from Buffalo to this, being 44 hours and 10 minutes; the wind ahead during nearly the whole passage. Not the slightest accident happened during the voyage, and all her machinery worked admirably.
      Nothing could exceed the surprise of the sons of the forest, on seeing the WALK-IN-THE-WATER, moving majestically and rapidly against a strong current, without the assistance of sails or oars. They lined the banks above Malden, and expressed their
astonishment by repeated shouts of "Tai-yoh, nichee!"* A report had been circulated among them, that a big canoe would soon come from the noisy waters, which by order of the great father of the "Che-mo-ka-mons," + would be drawn through the lakes and rivers by sturgeon! Of the truth of the report they are now perfectly satisfied.
      The cabins of this boat are fitted up in a neat, convenientand elegant style; and the manner in which she is found does honor to the proprietors and to her commander. A passage between this place and Buffalo is now, not merely tolerable, but truly pleasant.
      Today she will make a trip to Lake St. Clair with a large party of ladies and gentlemen. She will leave this for Buffalo tomorrow and may be expected to visit us again next week.
      * An exclamation of surprise.
      + Long-Knives or yankees.
      Detroit Gazette
      August 28, 1818

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Walk-in-the-water (Steamboat), 28 Aug 1818