The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), March 17, 1849

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Letter from the Editor.



Picton - .....Its harbor would be a very good one, affording steamboat accommodation to the very bridge, at the entrance of the town; but the supineness of the inhabitants has allowed the mud to accumulate so as to compel the steamboat landing to be at some half mile, or so, from the places of business, causing great inconvenience to both strangers and inhabitants. This very serious evil is capable of very simple remedy. All that is wanted is the use of the Government Dredging Machine for a month or two, and a contribution among the parties interested to set it at work. The mud is soft and facile to remove, and the whole expense (allowing the Government Dredging Machine to be procured,) to render the harbor navigable for light drafts of water, would be under one thousand pounds....

Wellington is on the Lake shore, and in fine weather shipments can be made to all parts. A lake steamboat used to stop here regularly, but of late days the practice has been discontinued.....Two very valuable White Fish Fisheries are on West Lake Beach (near Wellington,) and on the Consecon Beach. Many thousand barrels of this excellent Fish are annually taken and cured at these places, and during the fishing season, persons from all parts congregate here in great numbers. The Messrs. Miller, of Picton, last year made the experiment of smoking the White Fish, and from the ready sale of all they so cured, we may naturally look forward to see the experiment repeated in greater numbers...... Milford is also eight miles from Picton, on the South Bay road, and is a village of small moment. Nevertheless, there is a Custom House Collector here stationed, to look after the contraband traders, and Milford is a Port of Entry. Great quantities of Cedar, both Red and White, are still exported to the United States, and from the excellence and safety of the anchorage, South Bay is much resorted to during heavy blows on Lake Ontario. With the exception of Presqu'Isle, South Bay is the best harbor on the lake.....

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), March 17, 1849