The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 20, 1852

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p.2 The Lakes Coasting Trade - Referring to the proposition of the late Trade Convention that the navigation of the St. Lawrence be thrown open to the Americans, coupled with freedom of coasting to both parties on the lakes and river, the Niagara Mail says of the former -

"We would never throw it in as a mere make weight for the sake of getting a reciprocity in the coasting trade, in which it is extremely doubtful we should not as a community lose more than we gain. We fear we should be making a present of our whole carrying trade to the Americans, and it is pretty certain that practically we should never obtain any portion of theirs."

The fear expressed by the Mail as to the Americans engrossing our carrying trade in the event of a coasting reciprocity, is one which, we understand, was entertained by some of the members of the convention, and urged upon the consideration of that body; but a little careful examination of the questions involved served to dispel it, and the motion in favor of reciprocity was unanimously adopted. We build vessels cheaper than the Americans do, or at fully a low a rate, we man them as cheaply, and we certainly ought to be able to compete with them in carrying, while the throwing open of the American lake ports to our ship-masters would give them a much larger field for employment than they now have.

Sept. 21, 1852


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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 20, 1852