The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 18, 1852

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p.2 The Welland Canal - The St. Catherines Journal states that the "navigation on our noble canal is not only brisk and uninterrupted, but likely to remain so for some weeks to come. The tolls this year will range from £57,000, an advance on last year of about £6,000. The growing trade of the canal will justify any outlay that may be required to facilitate the business done on it, and to enlarge its capacity for doing more. We are pleased to say that nearly £2,000 of the present income has arisen from the passage of vessels at night; and now that a second towpath is being constructed, the facilities will be considerably increased. There is no chance of any rival to this canal by anything likely to be done on the other side of the lines; the Erie Canal enlargement having fallen through, and not likely to be renewed in the present generation. Would not the appointment of a harbor-master at Port Dalhousie greatly facilitate the business of the canal?

Perilous Position Of The Crew Of A Schooner

Heroic Conduct

On the morning of the 13th the schooner Gazette, Capt. Bassett, reached Cleveland Harbor in distress, having suffered much in the gales of last week on the Lake. The crew had been nearly twenty-four hours without a mouthful of food, and were worn out with fatigue. As she entered the harbor the Gazette was cast against the East pier and a hole was knocked in her bow. She then drifted into the Lake and capsized. The crew succeeded in getting into the rigging, but seemed unable to hang on in consequence of cold and exhaustion. Capt. Watts, of the Queen City steamer, Capt. Stannard of the Cleveland, and other noble fellows, took small boats, and at the risk of their lives, pulled out to the wreck, and succeeded, after much difficulty, in rescuing the crew in almost a dying condition. Thousands of persons assembled on the docks to witness the brave action. The vessel lies in 20 feet of water, and is uninsured. She had a few tons of coal for ballast.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 18, 1852