1822 : Steamboat Superior Docks in Detroit For the First Time

May 25, 2018 all-day

Lake Erie Steam Brig Superior

The steamship Superior arrived in Detroit from Buffalo with 94 passengers.

The second steamboat on the Great Lakes, the Superior contained the engine of the Walk-in-the-Water, the first steamship on the Great Lakes, which was wrecked in 1821.

The Superior was the only steamboat operating on the Great Lakes until 1826.  It travelled as far as Mackinac and Sault. Ste. Marie.

Flickr photo of oil painting from the Western Reserve Historical Society.

Source: History of the Great Lakes,edited by John Brandt Mansfield, 1899.

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