The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Feb. 23, 1881

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p.2 News Of The Day - Shickluna Bros. of St. Catharines to build a new dry dock.

p.3 Steamer Sold - Capt. Powers has sold str. Chaffey to Capt. David Lyon, of the Armstrong, for $2,284. She will be used as a passenger boat between Ogdensburg and Prescott.

Wolfe Island Marine - Application is being made by the Council of Wolfe Island to the Lieutenant Governor in Council for a renewal for 25 years of the ferry lease between the Island and the city, but including all of the north side of the island. Formerly it was restricted to one and a half miles on each side of the main ferry wharf. The opinion of the City Council of Kingston has been invited in the matter by the Provincial Secretary.

Murray Canal - The Ottawa Free Press discusses the proposed Murray Canal in an able article which concludes thus: "As to the through steamers ever taking the Bay of Quinte between Montreal and Toronto, we presume no one will ever advocate the theory. They are mostly passenger steamers. There is no saving of distance, as a glance at the map will show, and the Bay of Quinte for fifty miles furnishes a tortuous and difficult navigation, imperfectly lighted. Belleville and Trenton, the only two spots to furnish passengers going west, have a railway at their doors. Their wants are specially considered. So what remains? There is Trenton, in the county of Northumberland, where an election has to be held for the House of Commons so soon as the Government have the courage to issue the writs. The distance to be traversed by this canal is about four miles, so we learn, from deep water. The cost is estimated variously from three quarters to half a million dollars. And so to cajole the electors of East Northumberland this five thousand dollars is put in the estimates. Are these men the ready dupes this unscrupulous Ministry believe them to be? Will Parliament again lend itself to an act of duplicity which will bring equal disgrace on its supporters as it is discreditable to its projectors?"

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Feb. 23, 1881