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Let these articles be evidence that lakemen (at least lake newspapermen) treated sternwheelers with the same disdain that they hated to receive from salt sailors.

Detroit Free Press, September 23, 1893

East Tawas, September 22. - The tug Moore left for Cleveland with the steamer Valley City in tow this afternoon. The Valley City is a little flat-bottomed river boat which formerly run on the Grand River, and her voyage down the lakes has been attended with difficulty. The tug Moore will remain in Cleveland. She has been here two seasons, but business here was too poor to support her.

Detroit Free Press, September 26, 1893

The sternwheeler Valley City, which has been several weeks out from Grand Haven, passed down last evening and will reach her destination (Toledo) if she keeps on. She might be very useful on the Ohio River, but is quite out of place on these waters.

Detroit Free Press, July 1, 1895


A polar bear at the equator or an ostrich in Alaska would not be much more out of place or attract more attention than a stern-wheel steamboat on Lake Superior. Nevertheless a stern wheeler, better known to people as a mud toboggan, drifted into the Sault canal, a few days ago, bound from Oshkosh to Duluth. "Henrietta from Kaukauna" was on her stern, and further back from that was a big "push-her-along" wheel, fourteen feet in diameter and sixteen feet long. On the sides of the Henrietta, once in big letters, but now paled by a coat of whitewash or skim-milk, was the legend "Line Boat Green Bay, Oshkosh, Fon du Lac." Now Oshkosh and Fon du Lac are generally associated Pickford or Podunk as lake ports. This is all wrong. They are on Lake Winnebago, which is a shallow inland body of water, thirty-five miles long and twelve miles wide. The Henrietta draws three feet and has upper works like a Bowery tenement house. She is 140 feet-long overall and twenty-six feet beam, and can make 10 miles an hour in real water, while in thin mud or on a heavy dew she can go faster than a cow walks. When she was first built sixteen years ago she developed a speed of fifteen miles an hour, 'tis said, but her steam allowance has been cut down to 100 pounds. She has had a license for 300 passengers, and once she carried 700 people from Oshkosh to Fon du Lac and back, on an excursion. In fact, the Henrietta was the floating palace of Lake Winnebago and the crack craft of the Fox and Wolf rivers. She was purchased recently by B. B. Inman, of Duluth, and will ply in Duluth and Superior harbors and up the St. Louis river to Fond du Lac, eighteen miles from the mouth, where the falls are encountered. Capt. Josh Markee, who once hailed from Bay City, was in charge of the Henrietta. She was a sight to behold in these waters, and hundreds flocked to see her, while the stories of old Mississippi days and races wherein hams were used as fuel came to hand as natural as life. No such craft was ever before locked through the "Soo" canal. The original intention of Capt. Markee was to scoot from harbor to harbor to Duluth, but he now contemplates having his unique craft towed up. Marine men consider the latter to be a dangerous step, as in case of a heavy storm the boat might have to be cast adrift and owing to her light draft she would inevitably be lost. - Sault Ste. Marie News.