The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 1, 1848

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p.2 Good News for Brantford - The Canal in the course of construction, adjoining this town, is now we are happy to state completed, and in a few days will be regularly opened for business. The fond wishes and expectations of the inhabitants of Brantford for the last ten or twelve years, have now been realized, and the completion of this long looked for job is brought to a close at last.

On Thursday last a trial was made by the Directors of the Grand River Navigation Company, who assembled in Brantford for the purpose of giving the canal a trial, and testing the strength of the embankments, by the admission of a sufficient quantity of water into the canal, and it is gratifying to announce that the attempt was successful; no damage or accident having occurred while the trial was being made. The steamers Brantford and Messmore, crowded with the inhabitants of the Town, and a barge heavily laden with goods, direct from Buffalo, for some of our merchants in Brantford, were admitted into the Canal, and plied their way up to the Town, the steamer Brantford, commanded by Captain Souls, leading the van, amid the heavy discharge of firearms, and the acclamations and rejoicings of hundreds of the inhabitants who had assembled on the banks to greet them, and to witness this imposing and long-wished-for sight.

We understand that Tuesday, the 7th inst., is the day set apart for the celebration of the opening of the canal. This will be a gala day for Brantford, and all who are inclined for a little amusement had better give their attendance. [Courier]

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Rick Neilson
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Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 1, 1848