The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 9, 1845

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p.1 American Marine on the Lakes - From the Buffalo Commercial Advertiser, we learn that there are at this time on the Lakes ten brigs, with an aggregate tonnage of 10,000 - and 250 schooners. The total amount of tonnage, including steamers, is not less than 80,000, and it is difficult to get conveyance for freight.


Canal From Presque Isle Harbor To The Bay of Quinte.

An Engineer connected with the Board of Works, is at present engaged on a survey of this important line of communication between Lake Ontario and the Bay of Quinte, and should his report be favorable - which we have no reason to doubt - there is every prospect that the work will be commenced early in spring. The length of the proposed Canal will not be over 3 miles, and as the ground is almost perfectly level, it can be made at a trifling expense; while the advantages it will confer upon the public, by connecting Lake Ontario with the Bay, and thus shortening the passage from Kingston to Toronto, and vice versa, about one third, will be incalculable. In the spring and fall the navigation of the Lake, especially from Presque Isle to the lower Gap is always difficult, and often exceedingly dangerous, and when a storm arises, Presque Isle harbor affords to Canadian shipping the only safe anchorage. When the proposed Canal is completed, vessels for Kingston, which otherwise would be compelled to remain in that harbor until the storm would cease, can pass through the Canal and proceed safely down the Bay to their destination.

Picton is so situated, that it cannot derive any benefit from the proposed Railroad from Kingston to Toronto, but should the proposed Canal be cut, we hope our townsmen will see the necessity of dredging the Bay, so that the Toronto boats can come up to the wharf. [Picton Sun]

Beauharnois Canal - The public will be gratified to learn that the masonry and earthwork of the Beauharnois Canal are now fully completed. The machinery of the locks, etc., is in perfect working order; the coffer dams, at the head and foot of the Canal are now being removed; and there is no doubt but that boats can pass through the Canal on Thursday, the 9th instant, and that the navigation will be fully open by the 13th.

We understand, from a friend competent to judge, who has just visited them, that the execution of these works is almost unparalleled for beauty and accuracy, and that the cost will be far below that of any similar undertaking in the Province, in proportion to extent. [Montreal Gazette, Oct. 2nd]

p.3 Coroners Inquests - An Inquest was held yesterday by Henry Benson, Esq., Coroner, on the body of a young man named Michael Ryon, belonging to H.M. Surveying Steamer Union, who was accidentally drowned in Navy Bay, by falling out of a punt in which he was fishing. Verdict accordingly.

On the 27th ult., Mr. Benson held an Inquest on the body of John Burnett, who was found dead in the Marine Railway Yard. The deceased was a sailor and had been employed in the service of Messrs. Ives. He was noticed sitting on a log in the early part of the day by some of the men in the Railway Yard, and after dinner they observed that he had fallen or laid himself down on the ground, and on their attempting to arouse him discovered that he was dead. Verdict - "Died by the visitation of God." [Chronicle]


Port of Kingston - Arrived.

Oct. 1 - Sch. Chief Justice Robinson, Wellington, 37 bbls flour, 60 kegs butter, 38 bbls ashes; Shamrock, Port Stanley, 1030 bbls flour, 10,000 ft walnut timber; 35 bbls ashes; Lord Seaton, Port Dalhousie, 85 pcs timber.

Oct. 2 - Sch. Shamrock, Toronto, 1895 bushels wheat, 56 bbls flour; Surprise, Port Hope, 160 bbls flour.

Oct. 3 - Prop. Beagle, Humber, 1043 bbls flour; str. Prince of Wales, Bay, 127 bbls flour, 28 ashes, 33 kegs butter; sch. Richard Tining, Port Credit, 2030 bus wheat; Sovereign, Hamilton, 11692 staves; A. Gage, do 2270 bus wheat, 8 bls ashes; Britannia, Darlington, 2139 bus wheat12 bbls flour; Perry, Whitby, 817 bbls flour, 30 bbls ashes.

Oct. 4 - Prop. Adventure, Toronto, 900 bbls flour; sch. Elizabeth, Hamilton, 16 bbls high wines, 310 bbls flour; Almeida, St. Catherines, 1530 bbls flour; C.P. Thomson, Peach Island, 10500 staves; Col. Powers, Oswego, 354 bbls pork, 100 bbls salt.

Oct. 6 - Sch. Hornet, Oswego, Sundries; Amelia, Oakville, 220 bbls flour, 5000 bus wheat; Mayflower, Wellington, 2700 bus wheat; Adventure, Toronto, 1100 bus wheat; Defiance, Toronto, 1500 bus wheat; Elizabeth, Oakville, 105 bbls flour, 5000 bus wheat; Hannah Counter, Port Dalhousie, 122 pcs oak.

Oct. 7 - Sch. Elizabeth, Oakville, 105 bbls flour, 5000 wheat; Defiance, Toronto, 1500 bus wheat; Adventure, Toronto, 1100 bus wheat; Mayflower, Wellington, 2700 bus wheat; Amelia, Oakville, 220 bbls flour, 5000 bus wheat.

(note - many vessels listed the same on Oct. 6th and 7th.)

Oct. 8 - Sch. Moses and Elias, Cleveland, 180 bales Hemp, 566 bbls flour; Str. Prince of Wales, Bay, 233 bbls flour, 19 ashes, 76 bags wheat, 21 casks grasseed, 2 bbls eggs; Sch. Spy, Oswego, 25 tons coal; Empress, Cobourg, 588 bbls flour.

Sale of Boats - The Public are hereby notified that the stock of Boats now in possession of the Long Island Regatta Club will be sold on the day of the Fair, at three o'clock P.M. without reserve, at Auction. These boats are a Six Oar Gig, a Four Oar Gig and a Skiff; none of which boats has yet been beaten - although often tried in the various Regatas around Lake Ontario.

Wolfe Island, Oct. 3rd, 1845.

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Kingston News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 9, 1845