From the Buffalo Journal
Commerce of Lake Erie.--By a statement furnished by the officers of the Custom-House, at this port, and published in the Gazette, it appears that the number of American vessels employed in the commerce of the upper Lakes, in 53--and that the aggregate amount of tonnage is 3611.--In the tonnage account, the Steam-Boats Pioneer and Chippewa, are not included--the former plies as a packet, for passengers and freight, between this place and Dunkirk, and the latter between this place and the Niagara falls. The whole number of craft, beside small boats which ply between the opposite shores, entering and clearing at this port, is 60, including 7 Canadian vessels, and 7 steam-boats. To this number, several new schooners will be added the next season.
The number of trips performed by the different vessels to the several ports on the Lake, not including those of the Pioneer and Chippewa, amount in the aggregate to 572. The article of Salt, shipped for the upper country, has amounted, for the past season, to rising 30,000 barrels! The gross amount of merchandize shipped from this port, we have not the means at hand of ascertaining.
When it is considered that the return cargoes of the different vessels have been composed of the produce of the upper country, some calculation of the present value of the commerce which flows into this place, may be made. And when the Ohio and Pennsylvania Canals are completed, judging of the future by the past, it will not be taxing the credulity of the reader too much to say, that it will be doubled in the amount.