Buffalo in Erie County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Early Lake Erie Water Craft
The Industrial Heritage Trail
Le Griffon, the first sailing vessel on Lake Erie.
In September, La Salle landed near Green Bay, Wisconsin, to meet with a group of traders that he had sent ahead the previous year. The traders had collected a large quantity of furs in anticipation of his arrival. La Salle decided to stay behind to further explore Lake Michigan, and sent Le Griffon back to Niagara to deliver the furs. Le Griffon departed on its return trip on September 18, 1679 with a crew of six, but was never heard from again, assumed lost in a violent lake
Commercial steam boating began in the Hudson River with Robert Fulton's Clermont in 1807, but it would be over ten years before a steam driven ship traveled the upper Great Lakes. The small sailing vessels in use at the time were adequate to serve the small settlements along the lakes, and the early steamboats were limited for use in the relatively calm river waters.
The first steamboat to travel Lake Erie was built in the Village of Black Rock in 1818, at the mouth of Scajaquada Creek. The Walk-in-the-Water offered passenger and freight service from Buffalo to Detroit, with stops in Cleveland and Erie, serving for four years until it ran aground in Buffalo in October 31, 1821, after a violent lake storm. The engine was able to be salvaged and re-used in another ship.
The Great Lakes Steamboat Walk-in-the-Water, 1818. Image Source: Samuel Ward, American Steam Vessels, 1895.
Erected by The Industrial Heritage Committee, Inc.
Location. 42° 50.046′ N, 78° 51.289′ W. Marker is in Buffalo, New York, in Erie County. Marker is on Fuhrmann Boulevard ¼ mile south of Tifft Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Buffalo NY 14203, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Improvements in Ship Design (here, next to this marker); The Great Lakes (here, next to this marker); Lake Erie (here, next to this marker); The Union Ship Canal (here, next to this marker); The Lehigh Portland Cement Company (here, next to this marker); Bethlehem Steel in Lackawanna (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Bethlehem Steel in Lackawanna (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Bethlehem Steel in Lackawanna (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buffalo.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Markers for Le Griffon, Father Louis Hennepin, Scajaquada Creek at Black Rock, and another marker about Lake Erie vessels.
Also see . . .
1. Rene-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle - Wikipedia. (Submitted on July 24, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
2. Louis Hennepin - Wikipedia. (Submitted on July 24, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 24, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 211 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 24, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.