The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Feb. 15, 1851

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It will surprise many of our citizens to learn, that next summer will probably see a canal cut across Long Island, forming a summer communication with the Rome and Cape Vincent Railroad. We understand, that at the request of several gentlemen interested in forwarding such a work, the Directors of the Cape Vincent Road have had several of their engineers employed, for the last fortnight, in surveying the route; and also the channels of the bays at both sides, which it is the intention to unite by this canal. The grade has been ascertained to be very favorable, and its whole length hardly exceeding one mile. The proprietors on the Island express themselves ready to take a large portion of the stock; and there is little doubt but the work will be undertaken as soon as a charter is obtained. Those favorable to the construction of a Railroad across the Island, may feel a little alarmed that this may throw a damper upon the Railroad project, but we do not see that there is any reason for fearing such a result. The canal can only be used during the summer months, and when the Western Roads to Toronto, etc. are completed, it will require both the Railroad and Canal to take off the freight which will pour down from those rich districts. Indeed, giving due consideration to the delay which the impediment of the river must always more or less occasion, we hardly think that during the summer season the heavier portion of the freight can be taken to the Cape without delay, unless by the aid of a canal.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Feb. 15, 1851