The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Dec. 1, 1886

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Insurance on vessels expired yesterday at noon.

The Bay of Quinte at Belleville is frozen over.

The schr. Dudley has cleared for Oswego with 16,000 bushels of barley.

The schooners Singapore, Foster and Elgin are on their way from Oswego with coal for Swift.

The schr. Great Western, ashore at Nine Mile Point, has been rescued by the tug H.A. Calvin and taken to Garden Island.

Enquiry is made for the schr. Neelon loaded with corn from Chicago to Collingwood. Joseph Mandeville, of this city, was on the vessel.

The schooner Pride of America, ashore at Collinsby, is leaking badly. This morning the prop. Glengarry and an elevator went to her relief. The grain will be taken out of the schooner.


To the Editor;

Pittsburg, Nov. 30th - Will you kindly permit me to address a few words of warning to the farmers living on the shores of the canal in the townships of Kingston, Pittsburg and Storrington, especially those upon the Kingston Mills and Washburn Reach, against a scheme which is at present being canvassed for regarding the lowering of the water between Kingston Mills and Washburn. The proposition is as follows: "To lower the sill of the upper lock at Kingston Mills 2 ft. 6 in., and thus enable the water to be kept down one foot below its present level and so dry the wet lands." How nice! How simple this scheme is! How the farmers will jump at the offer and never think of looking to see what it means. All that talk of the draining and recovery of the drowned lands and railway construction is knocked in the head now and forever more. These are the ideas of the persons who have invented the above scheme. But now let me point out what are the real bearings. If the sill at Kingston Mills is only lowered 2 ft. 6 in. and the necessary dredgings made, it will be impossible for the canal authorities to reduce the present level one foot, as they would not be then able to get over the lower sill at Washburn locks as there is not any water to spare there now. Of this, they are perfectly well aware, and so are all the persons proposing it. If it is really their intention to lower the water one foot below what it was last summer they must intend to lower the bottom of the lock at Washburn. And what does that imply? Let us see. You all know that Washburn lock is one of the few that is built upon clay, and if I am not mistaken upon piles, and also that it is at present in a very dilapitated condition. To lower it one foot would mean to take out the present bottom, and if on piles to cut off the heads of the piles, also to build at least one course of ashlar and backing under the walls of the present lock, to put in a new bottom as well as a pair of new gates. Now even supposing the whole lock did not fall in during the operation (which is more than likely) it would at any rate cost as much as a wooden lock at the mouth of the cut, if not as much as a stone one. It would cost much more if the lock fell in and would only be a half-baked job at the best when finished.

In no wise would it compare with the original project of doing away with the upper lock at Kingston Mills and building a lock at the mouth of the cut, or at Washburn, as might be found best upon a proper explanation, not to mention the land these would be reclaimed to sell to pay for the job in this last case. The proposal you are all warned against will not give a single cure. This warning also applies to the persons on the level between Upper Brewers' and Jones Falls as if they try to humbug in the one case they will in the other.


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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Dec. 1, 1886