The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), March 2, 1881

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From a reliable gentleman from St. Catharines we have received the following particulars of a new and important enterprise to be carried out by Messrs. Shickluna, the extensive shipbuilders there, as the result of deepening the Welland Canal and the important bearing it will have on the extension of the inland carrying trade of Canada. In order to meet the anticipated wants of shipowners the Messrs. Shickluna are about to build, during the coming summer, a large dry dock, consisting of a basin and a lifting combined, an inner dock for repairing and another one to lengthen vessels or build new ones in. The estimated cost of these works is over $50,000. By their erection they will be enabled to dock the largest vessel on the lakes. They contemplate building several large crafts during the summer, and at present have a model of a vessel 200 feet long, 19 feet in the shallowest part in depth of hold, or an average depth of 18 feet; beam 37 feet. In a depth of 12 feet of water they calculate that this vessel will carry 50,000 to 60,000 bushels of wheat. It has been questioned by some people whether vessels of such large capacity could successfully navigate on canals after the improvements are completed, and we think the action of such men as Messrs. Shickluna, whose experience is unequalled in matters of this kind, should be sufficient to convince the most skeptical on the subject. With vessels of fifty or sixty thousand tons and free navigation which, it is hoped will be obtained, the Canadian route has nothing to fear from the competition of the Erie Canal. [Montreal Star]

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Rick Neilson
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), March 2, 1881