The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), March 8, 1852

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We have been favored with a glimpse at the plan and profile of this most useful undertaking, and seldom, in our judgement, has a project shown more feasibility. The Directors, we understand, after a personal inspection of the several routes proposed, have determined upon that having its entrance at Barrett's Bay, with its termination in Bayfield or Big Bay on the South side of the island, and urged by the necessities of the trade, which in the opinion of the most influential of the ship-owners of Kingston, will at a very early day justify the enlargement, have resolved upon increasing the original dimensions, making it a ship canal, having a width of 100 feet, and the depth of eight feet. The cost of construction will be proportionably increased, probably to double the amount contemplated in a former number of our paper; while the tolls, it is anticipated, will be increased in a much greater ratio. No just idea has been formed of the extent of traffic which the route of which this work forms a part, will command. The railroad connecting Lake Ontario with the Atlantic, through Cape Vincent, Watertown and Rome, is the shortest connecting link between those waters; and when the Georgian Bay rail road is established - and it will undoubtedly be formed - and that line tapped by a road formed directly north of Kingston, at a point but thirty-three miles distant, not only will Lake Ontario furnish its thousands of tons for transport to the sea-board, but the great waters of the west will float down their tens of thousands of tons, and the great west itself pour out its thousands of travellers, and receive its ten thousands of emigrants by this route. But without anticipating the completion of this Northern road, we have but to look at the enormous quantities of lumber made upon the Bay of Quinte, and that sent upwards through the Rideau Canal, for shipment to the Troy and Albany markets, to see a prospect of an immediate paying undertaking in this Canal. By the route now adopted, Kingston is brought within a distance of eleven miles and a quarter of Cape Vincent, a journey of three-quarters of an hour's duration, when the Company shall have put on one of their contemplated fast boats - a route that can be used at all seasons of navigation, not only by the vessels of the largest dimensions that can be formed for a draught of eight feet of water, but by the smallest used in the trade, to whose progress no storm, however great, or from whatever quarter, can form an impediment. We believe it is intended to put the work under contract, immediately upon the formation of the new directory, which the act of incorporation requires to be formed before operations are commenced; this occurs on the 12th instant.

The Arabian - We are glad to learn, says the Hamilton Spectator, that this splendid new steamer, which is prepared to take her place on the lake, on the opening of navigation, is to become a Hamilton vessel, in every respect save ownership. She will be commanded byCapt. Colcleugh, so well and favorably known to the travelling community, who intends once more to take up his residence in this city. The officers and crew will also reside here, and the stores required for the vessel will be furnished by our tradesmen. The Arabian will doubtless be one of the fastest and most popular steamers on the lake.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), March 8, 1852