buffalo history Walk-in-the-Water ship

Today in History: August 23 – The Walk-in-the-Water Begins its Maiden Voyage

The Walk-in-the-Water was the first passenger steamboat to operate on Lake Erie. On August 23, 1818 the Walk-in-the-Water launched from Black Rock on its maiden voyage.1 Supposedly named after a Wyandot chief, the Walk-in-the-Water was rigged as a two-masted schooner “135 feet long, 32 feet wide, and with a depth of of just under 9…