The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), May 9, 1837

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p.2 In the letters of our correspondent H.R., published in our last, he has mentioned several things which he thinks requisite to the prosperity of Kingston, some of which have been established. The Foundry and Engine Manufactory of G.W. Yarker, Esq. has been in successful operation several years. The engine of the steam ferry boat to Wolf Island, and the engine of Messrs. Hunt and Morton's distillery, were made at this foundry last year, and engine work and castings of all kinds are constantly manufactured. The Kingston Marine Rail Way Company have nearly completed a grand Marine Rail Way for vessels to be repaired on; and perhaps they will erect a Steam Mill also before they finish their works. Of wholesale establishments too, we have some. Most of the respectable merchants sell by wholesale as well as retail, and Mr. McNider's is altogether wholesale for Dry Goods and Groceries. To cut the long projected Canal to join the Bay of Quinte to Lake Ontario at Presque Isle, enforced by H.R. in his letter to-day, would mightily forward the prosperity of this Town and the neighbouring country. With that and a main road far into the interior, Kingston would speedily double and treble its present population, if our townsmen exerted themselves and improved their advantages.

Captain Herchmer of Commodore Barrie gives free trip to Gananoque.


Letter Fourth

To the Editor of the Upper Canada Herald.

Sir, - My letters are purposely short, and rather indicate or hint at important matters connected with Kingston, in the hope that others with more time and ability will take them up, and supply more minute details. - But I have not yet done with my hints, and now proceed to point out an improvement, the first, I believe, ever projected in the Province, and which would do more towards increasing the prosperity of the Midland District than any yet mentioned.

It has been frequently asked how the Bay is so little improved, why wild lands in the London District sell for higher prices than improved farms in the Districts of Hastings and Prince Edward? It has been truly answered, that only a chance traveller ever sees the beautiful country which stretches from Bath to the Carrying Place. There is no portion of this fine Province which combines so many natural advantages, or which is so well calculated to allure the settlement as this; but the Emigrant goes upon the Steam Boat at Prescott or Kingston, and sees nothing of the country till he reaches Cobourg. - What is to be done! Cut General Simcoe's Canal - join the harbour of Presque Isle with the Bay of Quinte, by a ship and steam-boat Canal, which can be done for a mere trifle, compared to other works already in progress, and you render the Bay of Quinte what it is intended by nature, one of the finest Canals in the world. - Then will ships and steam boats take this route in preference to the open Lake; the fine farms and grounds which rise from the water on every side will be no longer hid from the strangers, and the Bay in a few years will become the most populous division of Upper Canada. This will add incalculably to the benefit of Kingston, and to the safe navigation of the Lake.

In the Spring and Fall, storms can be avoided and secure passages made in spite of tempests. To Presque Isle from Kingston there can be no danger, and a few hours only will be required from Presque Isle to Toronto or some intermediate ports. There would then be no turning back to Kingston, when within sight of Toronto or Niagara, as is so frequently the case at present. It is a disgrace to the Province that the only great work recommended by General Simcoe, our first Governor, whom all affect to praise, and a work so useful, should still remain unaccomplished.


Toronto, 22nd April, 1837.

p.3 meeting of the Stockholders of the Grand River Navigation Co.; directors chosen. [Hamilton Gazette]

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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), May 9, 1837