p.3 The Welland Canal - The Canal has been thronged with passing vessels since our last, and so far as we hear every thing works well. Some of the old schooners look quite diminutive in the new locks. The canal presents a very handsome appearance where it is perfected, and men are actively engaged in completing the towing path. The Oswego and Chicago line of propellers appear to do a good business - a large number of passengers went up on the first day, and on Sunday morning the New York, from Oswego the day before, went up, with several families on board. These emigrants seem all very respectable, and tolerably well off. [St. Catharines Journal, May 13th]
D.C. Gunn's Barque Grampus - On Wednesday last we strolled down to the Port, and seeing Mr. Gunn's new barque lying at the wharf, we embraced the opportunity of examining what is certainly a novelty on our "Inland Seas." The Grampus looks exceedingly well and quite "Shipshape." She is now taking in her cargo of squared timber, being intended for that trade at present. - She will sail between this Port and Kingston, and we understand that Mr. Gunn has already sufficient freight engaged to keep his barque employed for two seasons. We observe that the timber is shipped through the stern of the vessel, instead of through the bow which latter is the mode adopted by the Atlantic vessels. This arrangement is effected in the Grampus by placing the cabins on that part of the Deck which would be occupied by the long boat if she were intended to navigate the ocean. One great advantage of shipping timber through the stern is that in stormy weather, the water is sufficiently calm to admit of loading going on without obstruction.
The Grampus is 160 feet in length, 26 1/2 feet in width, with a hold of 14 feet deep. Her tonnage is upwards of (400?). Besides the cabin upon deck, (to which we before alluded, and which contains 4 very comfortable berths,) there is an excellent forecastle, containing 16 berths for that number of men who are to compose the crew.
Mr. Gunn informs us, that should his vessel prove a good sailor, he intends next October twelvemonth, to ship a cargo of Butter, Cheese, Hams, Deals, Staves, and other Canadian "notions," sail to the West Indies, and, cruising among the Islands, dispose of his freight and reload with such articles of West Indian produce as he may think likely for a profitable sale in Great Britain, whether he will proceed, and laying in a cargo of goods return from thence to Hamilton. Should Mr. Gunn succeed in this truly spirited enterprise of which he himself appears to entertain no doubt, it will indeed be a new and important one in Hamilton's commercial history. [Hamilton Herald, May 10th]