The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), March 6, 1888

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p.3 District Dashes - Samuel Wilson, of the prop. Southern Belle, has accepted the position of chief engineer of the steamer Chicora.



The western men seem to have been anxious in regard to the deepening of the St. Lawrence canals, and some of them sought a pledge from the advocates of the dry-dock that they would urge improvement in river navigation. This anxiety is unnecessary. The deepening of the canals will not destroy the forwarding business, since, as the Hamilton Times admits, it will take too much time and pay better to tranship cargo into barges at Kingston than to crawl through the canals both down and up the St. Lawrence. The distance from Kingston to Montreal by water is 178 miles. Prescott is 59 miles east of Kingston, and the canals are between Prescott and Montreal. The lake and river steamers now in use run down current from Kingston to Montreal in 12 hours. It takes them about thirty hours to work their way up from Montreal to Kingston through the canals and against the current of the river. The fall from Kingston to Montreal is 221 feet. It takes careful steering for a vessel drawing seven feet of water to make its way down the rapids without hitting a rock. Some captains think it impossible to make a channel for vessels drawing 12 to 14 feet, and if it can be done the expense will likely be fully as great as that of enlarging the canals. "The time lost in passing 26 locks is very considerable," says the Times, "even when there is no pressure of traffic. We are inclined to agree with the Kingston people that it will be many years before Kingston ceases to be a transhipping point. The river trade will not be done by the big steamers whether the $12,000,000 on canals and an additional sum for blasting the shoals and rocks out of the river are spent or not." That is the general opinion, and hence the feeling of the western people - that the Kingston marine interests would suggest opposition to the canal enlargement - is inexplicable. The better the river service the greater the volume of traffic, and the greater the need of a dry-dock. Each scheme is helpful of the other, and the adoption of the one makes of the other an absolute necessity.

p.8 Incidents Of The Day - Arrangements are being made for an interview with the government touching the building of a drydock here. Capt. McMaugh is securing signatures at St. Catharines, favoring the erection of the dock here.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), March 6, 1888