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.
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]