The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), March 29, 1886

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The work may be slow of accomplishment - the condition of the finances would not justify any other proceeding - but the government is committed to an enlargement of the canals, and to this end some $12,000,000 or $13,000,000 must follow the $30,000,000 thus expended. That the new Welland Canal has not fulfilled expectations, in so far as the directing of trade Canadianward is concerned, goes without saying. It has led to the shipment of considerable grain through it - that is it has facilitated the transportation of cargoes by the immense steam and sailing vessels which had before its opening confined their operations to the upper lakes - but the Americans have been benefitted quite as much as the Canadians by the canal, and the object of its enlargement has not been therefore reached. The idea is that it does not pay vesselmen to come to Kingston and tranship their cargoes into river barges. The statement has been made that it costs as much to send wheat from Kingston to tide water as it does to send it from Thunder Bay to Kingston, the distance being as 180 miles is to 1,200, and the freight 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 cents per bushel. The argument follows that the Canadian route can never be popularized until vessels can go down the river as readily and cheeply as down the lakes, carrying their cargoes right through without breaking bulk. Indirectly but very incisively the pooling system of the river forwarders has been attacked. The companies know best what to do under the circumstances, and what ground there is for the insinuations of vesselmen. They may even find it convenient to evade answering the accusations of the western press - that no matter what the government may do by way of abating their tolls and charges the tariff of the bargemen will suffer no reduction - the fact remains that the marine business is wretchedly dull, and that its revival by the enlargement of the St. Lawrence canals means death to Kingston as a reshipping port.

Affairs Of The World - The president of the St. Lawrence Steam Navigation Co. has left for New York to prepare for the contest with the Richelieu Steamboat Company, by purchasing several first class steamers suitable for the passenger traffic on the lakes and the St. Lawrence.

p.3 Incidents Of The Day - The schr. Vienna has made her first trip from Port Hope harbor.

The schr. Speedwell, Toronto, has cleared with barley for Oswego.

Capt. Manson, of the steambarge Tecumseh, is at the Mansion Hotel.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), March 29, 1886